The skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin covers all our body. Our skin varies in thickness, the thinnest part of the skin is found on the eyelids, the thickest part is found on our feet. The skin is able to stretch, this means that when we get lumps and bumps the skin stretches over the symptoms.

 

What does the skin do?

 

The job of the skin is to protect us from microbes and other things that may try to enter the body. It also helps to regulate our body temperature. It also allows us to be able to feel heat, cold and touch.

When we apply creams and make up to our skin small quantities enter into the bloodstream. If you are sensitive or concerned what may be entering into your body, then it is important you read the labels on products you use to see what the ingredients are.

 

Eczema

 

This is a common skin condition and a lot of children do get eczema. It is a red dry rash on the skin can appear anywhere but quite common on the arms and legs. It can be very itchy and difficult to get young children not to scratch it. If they scratch until it bleeds this may then cause it to become infected.

Doctors often prescribe steroid cream this will help but can only be used for short periods as it thins the skin. When the cream is stopped the rash come back. Things to try are:

  1. Put some porridge oats in some old tights tie up the end and put it over the taps on the bath. When you run the water, it will make it go a creamy colour and may help the skin to stop drying out.
  2. You can apply some calendula cream. This can be put on both broken and non-broken skin. It is soothing and will help to calm the rash down.
  3. Diet is important a diet with vegetables and good quality protein will help.
  4. You may want to see if there are any foods that you are sensitive to as this may be causing the problem
  5. Lastly it is important to keep the skin moisturised, do not let it get to dry.

 

Psoriasis

 

Psoriasis is an auto immune condition that causes the skin cells to overproduce too quickly. People with psoriasis will get scaly patches on their body it can occur anywhere but commonly found on the elbows, scalp, and knees.

  1. Having exposure to sunlight can greatly help. It is important though to use a sunscreen as burning the skin will make it worse and can cause other problems.
  2. Making sure that you have good gut health is essential. Our gut plays a part in our immunity so taking a probiotic may help and making sure you have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables as well as good quality protein.
  3. Having curcumin will help as this in an anti-inflammatory that can help to reduce the inflammation.
  4. Oily fish is also essential if you do not like fish then do take a supplement as this will also help with the inflammation.
  5. make sure you keep the skin moisturised to stop it get too dry will make it worse.
  6. Try having oat or salt baths to ease things and stop it getting too dry7 Avoid too much stress as this will make the problem worse, also try to stop smoking if you do so and avoid sugar in your diet as these things will not help at all.

Homeopathy can help but this is individual so seeing a homeopath for specific advice would be beneficial. Acupuncture may also help make sure you see someone who is qualified in these therapies.

 

Acne

 

Acne is a common condition in teenagers when their hormones start to kick in. It makes the produce more oil and this in turn can lead to spots known as acne. Smoking can cause acne especially in older people. Poly cystic ovaries can also be a cause for acne.

  1. Zinc may help you can try eating more zinc foods such as eggs, seafood, and meat. Or you may want to try a supplement.
  2. Green tea, by drinking green tea, you may want to give this a try, but you will need to consume this regularly for at least 8 weeks.
  3. Echinacea This is available to purchase, and you can put this onto the skin if found in a cream.
  4. honey you can try putting a small amount onto the spots as this has been shown to take them down in some cases.
  5. Keep the skin clean and use a good cleanser, try not to squeeze, or touch the pimples as this can cause them to become infected and to scar the skin.  Use oil free skin care look at the labels to see the ingredients.
  6. Stay hydrated becoming dehydrated will make things worse, so make sure you drink water through the day.
  7. Lastly reduce stress practice deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Have a good balanced diet reduce sugar, exercise regularly and get enough sleep at night.

 

Sunburn

 

When we go away on holiday or to hot countries it is tempting to get out into the sun quickly to get a tan. The same can happen when we have hot weather. It is important not to let yourself get burned as this causes damage to the skin and not protecting the skin may lead to cancer of the skin. If you are fair, then you can burn more easily but even darker skin needs sunscreen on it when out in the sun.

  1. Make sure you stay hydrated when in the sun, if you get burnt then cool the skin quickly by going into a tepid shower or running the area under cool water.
  2. Put some aloe vera gel on the area to sooth and cool it to help it to heal.
  3. Chamomile tea, make some tea and let it cool, then soak a cloth in it and apply to the area. If you have an allergy to pollen do not use this method as it may cause a reaction.
  4. If the skin blisters do not burst them and keep out of the sun, if the burns are severe you may want to see medical attention.
  5. Wear loose clothing and keep the area moisturized. The homeopathic remedy cantharis can help also.

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