What goes on internally manifest on your skin. You’ve probably heard that many times before. Well, there’s a lot of truth to that.
Did you know your skin tells a story; ancestry, life events, genetics and more? Centuries ago, Eastern cultures mapped and documented the intricate and deep relationship between the skin and the body’s organs and systems, noting that the skin displays clues as to what types of stresses or malfunctions may exist and persist internally.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind..
1. Reproductive System – consistent focus is the hormonal, or reproductive, system. Hormones are chemical messengers that have a potent effect on the body and are released into the bloodstream at fluctuating levels.
Skin Manifestations – High testosterone levels can cause or exacerbate acne lesions. This is especially true above, along, and under the jawline. Estrogen dominance often causes pigmentation in the upper lip, cheeks, and sometimes the lower forehead. Declining estrogen causes under-activity of the sebaceous glands, leading to dryness.
2. Digestive System – The digestive system performs the function of nutritional uptake and absorption, and waste elimination. When this process slows, a backup occurs, which can stress all of the digestive organs.
Skin Manifestations – Externally, we may notice bloating in the stomach or abdominal region. But less obvious are signs on the chin that may show up as inflamed lesions and abnormal capillary activity.
3. Excretory System – In this system, the kidneys, bladder, colon, veins, and skin do most of the work. They help remove bacteria, waste product, and toxic materials in an effort to protect the health and lives of our cells.
Skin Manifestations – Kidney stress may lead to hot, red, or pigmented upper ears. Bladder stress can deepen lines across the center of the forehead. And colon stress can contribute to cracked, pigmented, or dehydrated lips. The upper chin area can see an increase in comedones and irritation.
4. Nervous System – No system will suffer more from disharmony than our central nervous system. The vast array of nerve fibers, residing mostly along our spinal column, sends and receives signals to and from the brain. Many organs and glands are affected by stress, but the adrenals are often the first to respond.
Skin Manifestations – increased oil production over the brows and along the top bridge of the nose, with blotchy red patterns and heat on the lower neck and center of the decollete regions. Eczema is heightened around the base of the neck and may leave a long-term mask of hyper-pigmentation.
At some point, your body is going to change, affecting your skin health and you will want to take better care of it. You’re going to need information how to manage your skin. If you’re like me, the last thing you want is another “miracle solution”. Take the time to understand why your skin acts in a certain way. Why am I getting acne at 36?” or “How do I take care of my dry skin?” Don’t just cover them up. Find solutions to treat them from the root cause. Understanding this has helped my skin tremendously and it is one of the reasons why I am a true believer in the holistic approach.