An introduction to skin conditions
Skin conditions are usually triggered by a network of interlinking systemic issues, such as a weakened immune function, poor digestion or certain dietary and lifestyle factors. The symptoms that can arise as a result of these conditions can sometimes be chronic, often having an impact on a sufferer’s everyday life, including their emotional and psychological wellbeing, as well as triggering skin problems like dry skin.
Here are a few of the most common skin conditions:
The causes of skin conditions
Most skin conditions do not have a single, decisive cause. Instead they arise from a number of interconnected variables and triggers. This can sometimes make it difficult to treat a skin condition, since there are so many factors to take into consideration.
Below are a few of the most common triggers that can influence a skin condition.
- Genetics: Your genes dictate every reaction that occurs in your body, including how your immune system responds to irritants and antigens. Your immune cells are programmed to react in a specific manner, and this can lead to a range of skin conditions from allergies, eczema to psoriasis
- Diet and lifestyle: Your diet and lifestyle can play a crucial role in influencing your existing symptoms or upsetting a particular part of your body. If you consume a lot of inflammatory food products, it can place pressure on your immune system and disrupt your digestion, stimulating a variety of unpleasant reactions across your body, including your skin
- Weak immune system: If your immune system is weakened, either by fatigue or over-stimulation, it can hinder the flow of nutrients to your skin, having a detrimental effect on your epidermis, making it more brittle and prone to irritation
- Poor liver function: Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your body. When your liver function is sluggish, your skin may have to take over this responsibility. This can result in impurities and toxins being secreted through the epidermis, damaging your skin cells
- Sluggish digestion: Around 70% of your immune cells inhabit your digestive tract. When your digestion is hindered, it can cause waste products and toxins to linger in your system, sometimes even affecting your bloodstream and instigating an inflammatory response from your immune cells
- Poor circulation: If your circulation is good, it means that your skin cells are receiving a steady flow of nutrients and oxygenated blood. However, if your circulation is poor, it can cause blood plasma to leak into your skin tissues, stimulating an adverse reaction.
The treatments for skin conditions
How you treat a skin condition can vary from condition to condition. Maintaining a healthy diet and lowering your stress levels can have a positive effect on most conditions but sometimes simply eating well and keeping calm isn’t enough.
In most cases, sufferers want something that can ease the irritation and itchiness that accompanies most skin condition, reducing the visibility of their symptoms. In these instances, Neem Cream is often suggested as it can have a very soothing effect on dry, damaged skin.