skin health

Taking a Functional Medicine Approach to Skin Health

Regarding skincare, your brain most likely conjures up images of topicals and creams advertised heavily across many platforms. However, your approach to your skin and health should be more than just surface level. At True You Health And Wellness, we are dedicated to helping you look your best and feel your best. With personalized care, we offer options unique to your needs and health that allow you to shine inside and out. 

The Functional Medicine Approach

As the saying goes, true beauty does come from within. Beauty is cultivated from within as a dual benefit encouraged by better mental and physical health. Treating various skin issues and enhancing your skin’s beauty is possible with functional medicine approaches. Approaches include:

  • Balancing your hormones
  • Optimizing your nutrient status
  • Changing your diet
  • And healing your gut

As the body’s largest organ, your skin is essential to detoxification. Your skin is a permeable barrier that releases toxins and prevents toxins from entering the body. With a high toxin load, the body can experience issues such as inflammation or proper detoxification. Inward issues often surface on the skin in frustrating and uncomfortable ways. Functional medicine helps identify and address underlying imbalances to repair and regain balance within the body and on its surface.

The Importance Of A Proper Diet

With advanced diagnostic tools, functional medicine practitioners can help you identify and eliminate food sensitivities that can trigger or worsen your skin health conditions. Various conditions such as inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control, and acne can all be impacted and influenced by gut microbiota. Functional health practitioners will also help identify and fix any gut imbalances and provide support for a healthy microbiota.

Furthermore, functional medicine approaches to skin care help ensure the body receives adequate protein and healthy fats through a balanced diet. Several nutrients also play an essential role in achieving healthy skin. Eczema, acne, and other skin rashes can be caused by zinc deficiency. Vitamin D is another beneficial aid in battling skin conditions, including psoriasis and acne. A diet rich in Omega-3s or supplements with a high potency fat acid formula is also helpful for dry, itchy, scaling, and flaky skin.

More Than Just Skin Deep

Functional medicine testing is frequently used to find imbalances within the body that cause or contribute to skin conditions. Aside from food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, functional medicine practitioners can also test for nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances. As you age, your body will change in ways you may not be completely aware of. Many of these changes will be internal and reflect on your skin. 

Imbalances in the body can create issues that may become aggravated and worsen with skin products or care tips that promise relief but deliver deeper frustrations. Many creams, sunblocks, and cosmetics contain harmful parabens, petrochemicals, and other toxins. While your skin is a beneficial barrier, many drugs and chemicals can be easily absorbed through it. A good rule to remember is if it is something you wouldn’t want inside your body, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Contact Us Today 

If you struggle with skin issues and want to explore healthier-looking and feeling skin options, we invite you to contact us today. We will take time to fully consider your needs and provide personalized care unique to those needs and wants. Don’t let underlying causes keep you from achieving healthy and beautiful skin.  

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