Psoriasis & Eczema: How to naturally heal & prevent chronic skin conditions
Your skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination that you have, meaning it basically 'eats' what you put on it, and dumps waste more than any other organ in your body.
If you’re unhealthy on the inside, it will eventually show up on the outside.
And one of the surest indicators that it's time to clean up your diet and lifestyle is unhealthy and blemished skin.
Two of the most common dis-eases that shows up on the skin, as a result of chaos inside the body, are Psoriasis and Eczema.
What exactly is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a disease in which internal plaque (toxins) are released through the skin.
Normally, skin renews itself in about 30 days, the time it takes for a new skin cell to work its way from the innermost layer of skin to the surface. That cell in psoriasis reaches the top in just three days, as if the body had lost its brakes. The result is raised areas of skin called plaques, which are red and often itchy. They die like normal cells after the cells reach the surface, but there are so many of them the raised patches turn white with dead cells flaking off.
Psoriasis generally follows a pattern of periodic flare-ups alternating with periods of remission. This condition is linked to a rapid growth of cells in the skin’s outer layer and is often hereditary. These growths on the epidermis never mature. Whereas in about twenty-eight days, a normal skin cell matures and passes from the bottom layer of the skin to the epidermis, psoriatic cells form in about eight days, causing scaly patches that spread to cover larger areas. The result of this disorder is the production of excessive numbers of skin cells in a very short time.
Attacks can be triggered and exacerbated among other things, by nervous tension, illness, injury, stress, surgery, poison ivy, cuts, viral or bacterial infection, sunburn, overuse of drugs or alcohol, or the use of many common pharmaceuticals and medications.
Psoriasis appears as patches of skin on the arms, elbows, legs, knees, scalp, ears and back that are red to brown in colour and covered with silvery- white scales.
Toes and fingernails can develop ridges and pits and lose their lustre.
What about Eczema?
A common skin condition amongst children and adults, Eczema is also sometimes referred to as “Atopic Dermatitis”. It’s normally triggered by allergies or toxic substances either inside or outside the body. The immune system then reacts by producing inflammation of the skin.
Eczema is characterised by rash-like, scaling, thickened patches of skin that can become red and fissured. These may also appear as tiny blisters, called vesicles, that rupture, weep, and crust over. The most troublesome, prevalent, and often constant symptom of eczema is itching.
With both of these skin conditions, the worst thing you can do is apply chemical topical creams to suppress the condition because you will pay for it down the road with side effects.
The best thing you can do is to read the signs and support the healing, by doing the right things and embracing natural, non-toxic remedies.
Natural Remedies & Solutions
Here are some tips to kick-start the healing process of skin inflammation and conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne:
- Get your entire body into the Sun for 30-45 minutes per day - 95% of Psoriasis sufferers improve or even remit the condition by exposing the affected areas to a regular dose of sunshine for a short period of time because it re-nourishes the liver with Vitamin D. In the morning is best before the sun's intensity increases in the middle part of the day. Rub a little cold-pressed coconut oil on before exposure. Learn more in The Healing Powers of Sunlight
- Get into the ocean or a natural SALT bath - Soaking your skin in the ocean or a warm, mineral-rich salt bath is one of the most healing things you can do to detoxify your skin and promote healing. Learn more in our blog The Health Benefits of Bath Salts & How to Make Your Own
- Drink at least 2 litres of water and eat at least 50% raw plant diet - Load up on plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds. Start your day with a fresh juice or dairy-free smoothie made on coconut or almond milk and start each meal with a salad or a couple of handfuls of fresh leafy greens. Snack on fresh fruit, avocados, almonds and macadamia nuts. Learn more in our blog, Top 7 Reasons to Embrace a Plant-Based Diet & How to Do It
- Eat more Plant Oils - Be sure to consume 1-2 shot glasses each day of a cold-pressed plant oil like extra virgin or avocado oil. Drizzle onto vegetables, add to smoothies or salads. The good oils will nourish the gut, helping to eliminate the true source of external inflammation on the skin;
- Eliminate toxic skin care products - When it comes to your skin care, embrace the philosophy, 'if you can't eat it don't put it on your skin'. Learn to make your own simple skin care products at home from earth-made ingredients like Plant Butters, Sea Salt and Essential Oils, or get your hands on a few amazing products like Renew Salt Body Scrub and Divine Face & Body Butter that we handcraft for your convenience;
- Add extra Dietary Fibre: A healthy gut ecology and clean colon, is critical to the health of your skin and overall body. This is why a diet that's at least 50% raw plants is vital, particularly until the skin conditions have cleared. When transitioning to a cleaner diet, you may need to add some extra fibre like Flax Seeds or Psyllium Husk (try our Get Things Moving fibre blend) to help get waste out of your body. Finally, be sure to include some fermented foods daily e.g. organic yogurt, cheese, kefir, kimchi or sauerkraut which will promote good bacteria within the gut;
- Detox, Fast, Cleanse: If you are experiencing severe symptoms expressing as skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema it may also be beneficial to undertake some form of 'fasting' with fresh juices, water and/or a raw plant diet for a period of days. Try our Cleanse Me Natural Clay & Fibre Colon Cleanse colon cleanse protocol first, to bind and release the toxins stored in your gut first, and then continue by only consuming water, juices or raw plant foods for 7-10 days after that. Learn more about how you can Detox & Heal in this way on this page.
A few final tips, avoid all processed and refined grains and sugar products.
Avoid all processed meats, fatty fried foods, cookies, cakes, chips and biscuits and animal fats.
These are inflammatory foods that will prolong your battle with skin problems.
Do moderate light exercise regularly (particularly outside in the fresh air) to work your body into a light sweat whenever you can, or to take things up a level, try an infrared sauna 2-3 times per week which will speed up the process of releasing stored toxins in the body from the inside out.
By embracing these tips, you'll be supporting your body to eliminate 'the offence' that has caused the skin condition to manifest in the first place, and you'll quickly be on the path to beautiful, healthy skin.
Tolman Self Care.