Clear Healthy Skin:
to Have Clear, Healthy Skin
part one of this series on How to
Have Clear and Healthy Skin, we reviewed the makeup and functions of human
skin, and presented 9 natural ways to promote healthy skin.
article looks at the powerful influence that your emotions have on the health
of your skin.
Your Emotions Influence Your Skin
the experience of feeling embarrassed in front of others and instantly feeling
your skin turn warm and red. Blushing is one of many examples of the ongoing powerful
connection that exists between your emotions and your skin.
emotions exert ongoing control over the tone of your autonomic nervous system,
which in turn, exerts ongoing control over your skin's blood supply. As mentioned
in part one of this series, the quality of blood supply that your skin receives
is a chief determinant of its ability to be nourished and cleansed from the inside
of the ongoing influence that your emotions have over the health of your skin,
it's quite possible to have a skin condition worsen or enter a chronic state due
to feeling anxious about the skin condition. For example, developing acne on your
face may cause you to feel self conscious about your appearance, which activates
your body's stress response system via your nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular
systems; this will likely cause the acne to heal more slowly and maybe even result
in new acne formation. This cycle can repeat itself many times over if you don't
break the anxiety-stress response cycle.
your skin is no different than all of your other organs in that its health is
partly determined by your emotional health status. The more balanced, peaceful,
compassionate, and confident you feel, the healthier your skin is likely to be.
And if you are currently feeling anxious about a skin challenge, you can significantly
improve your chances of healing by working at feeling emotionally balanced and
strong. For some suggestions on how to do this, please view:
to Overcome Chronic Fear and Anxiety
excellent book that covers a number of exercises that can employ your mind-body
connection to create clear and healthy skin is:
Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin - this is the book that introduced
me to the idea that our skin, more than any other organ, is a window into our
emotional health status. I consider it a must-read for anyone suffering with a
chronic skin condition.
for Addressing Common Skin Conditions
- In adults and children alike, the most important recommendation is to avoid
all pasteurized dairy products, and in most cases, to even avoid raw organic dairy
products as well. My experience has been that for many long-time sufferers of
eczema, following this guideline alone can result in a full recovery. Of course,
it's important to differentiate between food allergy-related eczema and contact
dermatitis that is caused by external contact with an irritant like perfume, a
detergent, or certain types of fabric.
- Melasma is a hyperpigmentation condition that typically involves the formation
of dark spots on the forehead, cheeks, or upper lip area. It’s often triggered
by taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, or other circumstances
that involve significant changes in one's endocrine system, such as pregnancy,
menopause, or a period of significant emotional or physical distress.
melasma sometimes regresses on its own, healing can be accelerated by limiting
exposure to mid-day sunlight and following my guidelines
on addressing estrogen dominance.
If regular exposure to mid-day sunlight is unavoidable, it may be helpful to use
a natural sunscreen, one that contains a physical blocker like zinc dioxide.
uncomfortable symptoms such as muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, unexplained headaches,
and achy joints accompany hyperpigmentation, it's important to get evaluated by
a physician to rule out Addison's disease.
Versicolor - Tinea Versicolor is a yeast infection that results in patches
of white skin, usually on the trunk. It is best addressed by following a plant-based
diet that is low in refined carbohydrates, especially sugar and sugary snacks.
note: If you would like to see more specific guidelines on other common
skin challenges, please let me know via the comments section below. In most cases,
beyond working on your emotional health status and following the natural
skin care tips found in part one of this series, there are other specific
natural therapies that can help facilitate healing, such as intake of various
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