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  • Writer's pictureAshmita Boopathy Moturi

Your Skin Speaks - Are you listening?



Some of the most profitable and thriving industries are Dermatology & Aesthetic clinics and Beauty Salons. My friends, acquaintances and clients quite often discuss how they splurge generously to get that flawless skin. Even apps are designed with filters to enhance skin tone. This in itself is a testament to how much we all value our skin.

 

However the irony lies in the fact that, although we value our skin so much, we refuse to pay attention to what our skin is trying to tell us. Your skin actually speaks…it speaks volumes about why it is feeling the way it does…not just speaks…quite often it screams…yells…shrieks out to you…but most just shut it down with pancakes of makeup.

 

Most healers from the time of Confucius were extremely proficient in the communicative language of the skin. Way before ultrasound scans, blood tests and other modern diagnostic tools, these healers would use skin as an aid to diagnosis. Every mark, pimple, zit, blemish, scar, mole, rash or even change in texture of the skin is an indicator of a deeper raging war, your body is fighting. Even the location of acne, rashes, redness and dryness on the face gives insight into the root cause of an underlying deeper problem…most healers used to use these as clues on how to treat it! From general fatigue to possible Parkinson's disease, skin, hair, and nail conditions can be symptoms of a range of ailments. 

 

Our body has a built in algorithm…as per this code, the body systems are designed to always protect the vital organs - The heart, the brain, the lungs, the kidneys, the liver. Then in queue stand the other ancillary organs, the circulatory system, the nervous system, the bones, the muscles…and what we cherish the most…is of lowest priority as per nature’s algorithm - the aesthetics - skin, hair and nails. Whenever there is a deficiency of vitamins or minerals or a hormonal imbalance, if the body has to take a call on which organ should receive the rationed reserves, it would not be the skin. Logically, it's quite obvious that, every time there is even a slight dip in any essential juices in our body…the first organ to not be served…and there by get affected…would be your skin.

 

At the core of all the slander the skin bears, sits an unhealthy gut. 

 

If toxins aren't well processed in your gut, you may start to see them exiting your skin. Leaky gut occurs when the intestinal walls and microbiome aren't able to keep up with the build-up of toxins in the body. In fact research has linked gut dysbiosis to acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Poor gut health can promote growth of acne on your skin. Iron-deficiency due to stomach ulcers causes Koilonychia (spoon-shaped nails). Research has now progressed to indicating a surprising connection between dandruff and gut health. 

  

When the liver is overloaded by these common toxins it can lead to a number of skin irritations, specifically adult acne.


Non-alcoholic fatty liver in particular is where fat accumulates in the liver. Fatty liver further reduces your ability to absorb certain nutrients effectively. 


Fatty liver even contributes to increased insulin resistance, which means your body can’t use insulin effectively. The resulting buildup of excess insulin in your body can cause a condition called acanthosis nigricans. This condition causes skin folds, such as on the crease of your neck, to darken. Advanced fatty liver affects your liver’s ability to make proteins, which can impair your blood flow and fluid removal. As a result, you may notice your face appears slightly puffier. 

 

The only way to reverse a fatty liver is a liver flush - liver detox. Post a thorough liver detox continue with herbal supplementation to help heal your liver to produce the required enzymes that can kick start protein synthesis. 

 

Fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can cause zits and pimples to pop up. Typically, these fluctuations happen mostly during menstruation cycles, pregnancy and menopause. During these times of increased hormones, the body produces more sebum, an oily, waxy substance. This then leads to inflammation, changes in skin cell activity and colonization of bacteria in hair follicles. With this combination, acne starts to appear. Medications, antibiotics, specific foods, depression, anxiety, stress and other mentally triggering elements can cause hormonal acne as well. Acne and PCOS usually team up making the battle more challenging to face. 

 

Insufficient levels of Vitamin D might compromise the skin's ability to fend off infections. Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of skin issues like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

 

When you notice that your bruise often and your wounds take longer to heal…its probably a Vitamin C deficiency that needs to be addressed. 

 

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in skin health by providing essential nutrients for collagen production and by helping to maintain the skin's natural moisture balance. Vitamin B12 also helps to promote healthy cell growth, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. When you start looking older than you feel…it probably is your Vitamin B12 failing you.  

 

Thyroid hormone is an important regulator of epidermal homeostasis. Dry, pale skin with deep cracks and scales, darker skin in the creases of your palms, on your gums, or elsewhere in your mouth, rashes, especially in the creases of your skin could be an indicator that your thyroid gland isn't quite happy. 

 

Micronutrient deficiency also hurts your skin…essential fatty acid deficiency can even cause alopecia.

 

One such vital mineral is zinc. Guess what? A common complication of zinc deficiency is dermatitis. It often presents as skin irritation around your mouth. The irritation looks like a rash that has small fluid-filled or solid-appearing bumps. You will even notice slower healing, hair loss, acne or small spots on the nails. 


Despite all the supplementation and good diet and restful sleep, if your skin is still showing signs of malnourishment…then the only conclusive answer is that your body is struggling to absorb the nutrients. This could stem from your gut…a good gut detox with colon hydrotherapy followed by a well designed probiotic course should set you up on the road to recovery almost instantly. 

 

Post a gut detox, most of my clients notice their symptoms begin to resolve gradually….for some…quite like magic it instantly disappears.  

 

Water is the elixir for glowing skin…water not only hydrates…it also carries a lot of micronutrients. At my center, we offer ozonated water…(water infused with a supercharged version of oxygen)...this enhances circulation and nutritional absorption at a cellular level. Consult a functional medicine practitioner to check for any micronutrient deficiency…or trace mineral deficiency and add this to your daily consumption of at least 8-10 glasses of water; a glass for each hour you are awake and working. 

 

Of course from an aesthetic perspective, nobody likes to retain scars or blemishes on the skin. It is completely understandable if you are willing to go to any lengths to clear up your skin or hide the scars. However from a wellness perspective it is imperative for you to pay attention to why your skin is erupting…and sort the underlying issue. Else just a topical skin treatment would prove to be futile while the unresolved underlying issue continues to express itself through your skin more aggressively each time. 

 

The most beautiful attribute of the skin is that…it is very forgiving. We mess up…the skin erupts...and once we address the issue…the skin regains its lost charm and vitality almost instantly. Invest in wellness…at least for the sake of your skin. It is never too early or too late to listen to your skin speak. 

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