The skin is the largest organ on the body, and is a direct reflection of our internal environment.  If your body is inflamed, your skin may present with a variety of conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, hives, acne, psoriasis, tinea, etc.  The expression may be different, and be classified as different conditions, but the underlying cause always leads back to inflammation.

Your digestive system is most often a main source for inflammation.  Symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux are all signs that your digestive tract is inflamed.  Because your gut houses 80% of your immune system, any form of digestive stress will produce an immune reaction of some sort.  This is commonly expressed through the skin in the form of hives, eczema, and dermatitis.  The longer this continues, the more hyper sensitive your immune system becomes to your outside environment, as well.  Contact dermatitis and allergic reactions will result.


The adrenal glands also have an interesting correlation to skin conditions.  They are responsible for regulating stress in the body and, like the gut, they also have control over the immune system.  When you are under stress, your adrenals send out high amounts of the hormone called cortisol, which puts the immune system into overdrive.  Again, this hyped up immune system will be hyperactive and begin overreacting to everything with which it comes into contact.  Combine that with an inflamed internal environment, and it is a recipe for disaster for the skin.


Understand that using topical medication to control any of these conditions is only masking the symptom and not fixing it.  Plus, if you are on any type of steroid, you are also causing a lot of damage to practically every system in your body.  To resolve your skin issues for good, you need to identify the source of the inflammation and resolve it, as well as any other imbalances in the body.  Healing the skin needs to start from within.


Suggested Labs

Genova NutrEval

Genova GI Comprehensive

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