Do you suffer from problem skin? If you or someone you know suffers from problem skin, you’ll understand the discomfort it creates.

 

Psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and acne are common inflammatory conditions of the skin affecting adults, teens and children. Dryness, itching and flaking create severe discomfort and irritability, while inflamed, red or scaly appearance may cause social embarrassment and withdrawal.

Conventional treatment for problem skin is a topical steroid, but for many sufferers, continued use of steriods builds resistance. Many people try various treatments with no beneficial outcome as the inflammation disappears and reappears with seemingly no pattern.

­­­­­As with most conditions there are many natural options that might help improve your skin health! Here’s some you can try!

On the outside

Raw Honey – Raw honey is an amazing skincare treatment. It can assist to heal wounds and is especially beneficial for reducing the appearance and formation of scars. Manuka Honey is even more potent. With high antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, it can help clear or prevent infections as well as improving general condition of the skin. Only choose pure, raw honey for your skin. Most supermarket varieties do not have the active enzymes, vitamin or nutrient content you’ll find in natural raw honey and manuka honey.

Jojoba Oil – Pure, gentle and non-comedogenic, Jojoba oil won’t clog pores and can therefore help reduce acne outbreaks. You can use Jojoba oil to deeply moisturise your face, body and even your hair and nails! It's easily absorbed and is very low irritant, so it’s excellent for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions.

Coconut-Oil – Coconut oil is easily absorbed by the skin and contains fatty acids known to destroy candida and yeast which often cause of skin problems. Coconut oil is also slightly alkaline which helps bring natural balance to your skin pH levels.

Then build skin health from the inside too!

Probiotics can reduce candida growth in the gut and improve immune strength which may help prevent skin conditions associated with immune overload.

Water detoxifies and cleanses your body, blood and cells. It supports the waste eliminating action of organs like the liver, kidneys and bowel. Water is essential for removing impurities and waste from the body, and hydration – more beneficial than any topical lotion you can apply.

Sugar promotes the growth of yeast and candida, so reducing your intake may reduce the growth of yeast-dependant bacteria that cause some skin irritations.

Natural anti-inflammatories like Omega 3, Squalene or Evening Primrose Oil can also assist to reduce redness, swelling and itchiness associated with inflammation and may reduce reliance on steroid creams. In addition to easing symptoms, natural oils taken regularly may help prevent the outbreak of skin irritations as well.

For best results, look for soaps, shampoos and washing powders that are pH balanced and avoid products containing dyes, alcohol, sulfates and parabens.

Try these natural ways to support your skin and enjoy naturally, healthy and beautiful looking skin more often!