Your face is what the world sees. Your face can show a lot about how you feel. Subtle movements of your eyebrows, gentle creases deepening when you laugh or frown. Your face can also show a lot about your health.

Are skin problems not just that?

Not at all, the root lies deeper than it just being a part of life…Many people accept the changes of seasons on their skin without understanding what is possibly happening. Skin issues may be indicative of your digestive and hormonal health, because the lining of our entire digestive tract, our inner skin, reflects our outer skin–what we see.

Some types of skin problems that can be a result of imbalances are:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Age Spots
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Skin types change throughout our lives. Your skin adapts to environmental changes and changes in your diet, and the transitions may be difficult. Dry patches, uneven skin texture and tone, and oily areas can be a part of this journey. Getting to know your skin and being in tune with what is happening internally is worth investigating.

The Gut-Skin Connection

There is a relationship between your gut health and skin concerns. This means that when the microbiome (the ecology of bacteria and immune function in the gut) within your intestines is imbalanced, inflammation, stress, blood sugar control, mood, etc. all can be affected causing skin issues and flare-ups. High-quality supplements such as probiotics improve gut health as well as probiotic foods like yogurt, pickled vegetables, and fermented drinks like kombucha. If you are having any digestive symptoms in addition to skin issues, it is important to get evaluated by a digestive health expert such as a naturopathic physician. Knowing what organisms exist that may be causing an imbalance is key to having healthy digestion and beautiful glowing skin!

Hormone Imbalance

Maintaining an equilibrium of hormones is a goal to strive for when desiring clear skin and well-rounded health. Hormone imbalance directly affects the way your skin reacts to the strain, and it can be caused easily by a poor diet, too much stress, too low or too high levels of certain hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.

Skin signs of hormone imbalance:

  • Hair Loss
  • Dry or Aging Skin
  • Acne
  • Darker Pigmented areas

Other signs of hormonal imbalances:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Menstrual issues such as irregularity or heavy bleeding
  • Weight Gain
  • Sleep Issues

Changing your perspective on the root of skin problems is crucial in the mission to alleviate them. Tackling the issue internally, as well as externally, by putting in a dedicated effort to make lifestyle changes can improve your skin. Make an appointment to see one of our providers to see what lies beneath. Put your best face forward!