Healing Skin Issues Holistically

By Marilee Nelson |

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Skincare is all the rave these days, and there’s so much out there on the internet telling you what to do and what products to buy. Expensive creams, facials, and even laser treatments have become the norm to address persistent skin issues like chronic and cystic acne, discoloration and unwanted texture. While these therapies might give your symptoms relief in the short term, they often return shortly after. This pushes many people to bring in harsh chemicals or antibiotics with long-lasting side effects. 
What is the underlying issue? One reason, our environment! As you’ll read, we’ve found tossing the toxins from our environment and diet dramatically lessened our skin issues. To get scientific, our integumentary system (the fancy word for your skin) is considered the body's biggest organ. It contains pores that serve as 'overflow valves' that help detoxify the inside of the body from toxic substances found in the environment

Why Are Skin Problems “So Common” These Days?

Our current, everyday environment isn't conducive to clean living and a healthy body. If someone is not aware of and doing something about the harmful chemicals they are being exposed to in their environment or diet, toxic exposures begins to take a toll on the body. Although we cannot always see it, the damage is being done. These toxins can cause our skin damage and inflammation, breakouts, and premature aging may result. They can also disrupt metabolism and propagate weight gain, thyroid issues, gut problems and more that can all contribute to skin imbalances. 

What Contributes to Environmental Toxicity?

Many factors in our everyday world contribute to our toxic exposure:

Healing From Within

To heal our skin, we don't need expensive and chemically-laden creams, lotions, cleansers or prescriptions. These just mask our symptoms. Instead let's aim to go 'back to basics' and revert to natural products and foods that supply us with plenty of nutrients! Over time, these simple swaps will bring us back to balance and allow our bodies to rid themselves of harmful toxins, resulting in radiant skin. 

Tips To Heal Your Skin Naturally

  • Stay hydrated! One way to calculate your optimized water intake is to take your body weight and divide it by two (ex: 160 lbs/2 = 80). This is the amount of water you're meant to drink in ounces. Keep in mind that time of year, activity levels, and other health condition are variables to consider when thinking about your hydration level. 
    • Make sure you are getting enough protein from whole foods. Protein is needed to repair and reform skin and connective tissue. It is also helpful in balancing blood sugar and hormones. Grab quality organic beans, grains, seeds, and nuts, wild caught fish, organic poultry, organic grass fed and finished meats, or eggs.
    • Go outside and get natural vitamin D (sunlight) as much as you can. Vitamin D is a hormone produced when we expose our skin to sunlight. Low levels of D have been linked to chronic acne and skin disorders. Supplementing isn't a bad thing if you're in a cold climate, but natural D from sunlight is best!
    • Consume healthy fats such as organic avocados, olives, olive oil, ghee, butter, nut butters, avocado oil, coconut products, fish, and pastured fatty meats. The body uses fat to produce sebum which acts as a protective barrier for the skin. 
    • Prioritize sleep! Sleep is critical for detoxification, body repair, and for regulating hormones. Sleep deficiency can throw these processes out of whack, affecting the skin.
    • Manage stress. Stress can throw off our hormones and sleep on its own, and it can push us to break all our good habits if we let it get the best of us! Practice gratitude, meditate, and work on managing stress in a way that's best for you to keep it from affecting you.

    Cheers to glowing skin, starting from within! 

    Marilee Nelson

    Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.