Dry Skin – Acne – Eczema – Psoriasis – Rosacea …  

These are many of the common skin concerns my patients come to see me about and with the cold, dry, winter weather these issues tend to get much worse.

Often my patients have tried hundreds of dollars worth of topical creams and “miracle cures” only to be left with the same problems. 

So, what are some alternatives?  Looking for the root cause is the answer.

The skin is a mirror of what is going on inside the body.  It is directly linked to the diet and digestion as well as antibiotic use, hormones and stress.

Food sensitivities are a very common trigger for skin issues due to their impact on overall digestion.  Even if someone does not have digestive pain, they can still have food intolerances.  Dairy, wheat and sugar are the biggest offenders.  Eliminating ONE or ALL of these foods for a minimum of 6 weeks will help determine if they are reacting to these foods.

A history of antibiotic use can also lead to skin issues, and ironically antibiotics are given to treat acne. This is a short-term solution that can actually cause more problems in the long runTaking a good probiotic, one that needs to be kept in the fridge, will help replenish the good bacteria that the body needs for a healthy immune system, digestive system and skin.

Hormones imbalances, in both men and women, can also trigger skin problems.  Increasing good omega 3’s fatty oils (flax oil, olive oil, salmon and other cold-water fish as well as supplementing with Omega 3 capsules) will work to balance hormones and reduce the inflammation that leads to skin problems.

And finally, stress.  In a perfect world we’d all live blissfully unaware of any day to day stressors, but as this is not possible, working to reduce stress levels is key to healthy skin and overall wellness.

Meditation/prayer, moderate exercise and good sleep go a long way to help reduce our perception of stress.  Vitamin C is an inexpensive and very important Vitamin to help reduce stress AND heal the skin. My favourite is Ascorbate SAP as it is well tolerated and very effective.

The issues with our skin are not ‘just skin deep’ and sometimes it takes a little while to figure out the root cause, but once this is known, it is so much easier to manage and to LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN.

I hope that this has been helpful.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at wellness@harmonyhealthsk.ca or 306-224-0012.

In health,
Dr Wendy