Welcome to our resource space where I will do my best to bring all relevant information concerning skin health and holistic approach to beauty.
If you are reading this you probably already suspect that your stubborn skin issues are not just some isolated, strictly dermal ailments and that there must be a deeper, underlying cause.
You may also realize that your skincare approach hasn’t been very helpful or it might have even made your skin worse even though you have listened to beauty bloggers and “experts” and followed a common anti-acne skincare routine. This is because what is promoted by beauty experts is often too harsh and too irritating for a compromised skin.
This has certainly been my personal experience with healing my rosacea and the experience of many who suffer from adult acne and rosacea and have found the root cause of their skin problems with the help of their own independent research and the many wonderful holistic coaches, functional doctors, hormone health coaches, nutritionists, researchers and experts in this field today.
What I post here is simply a summary of the collective work of some of the most prominent holistic skin, gut and hormone health coaches that I know and have followed personally, and later on, professionally as part of the The Other Skincare Company research.
I hope this information will give you some guidance and ideas where to start your healing journey, but I strongly recommend finding a coach or a functional doctor (as well as always consult your GP) that can help you nail exactly what is going on and what tests would be helpful at the beginning to help you create a more structured approach.
Skin healing is a very personal journey and you are the only one who can do the work, it all starts with being openminded and committed to get to the bottom of your personal skin problem’s root cause.
I hope you will find the following information helpful.
The human body is an intelligent and highly complicated ecosystem and all, seemingly separate, functions in it are in fact connected and constantly in communication with one other. And so, as the skin is our largest organ with many different functions chances are that all our other systems will communicate with it and signal when there is an internal problem.
The skin is a very important part of our immune system and as such its role is to give us signals that something might be wrong or out of balance, similarly to how a runny nose might signal a viral infection telling us we are getting sick. The skin is also an organ of elimination and it is involved in the detoxification processes of our body so it seems logical that when the body is overburdened or experiences an imbalance our skin will let us know.
There isn’t really one thing that causes acne or rosacea but we now know that their manifestation on the skin is most commonly a signal for either:
- hormonal imbalance
- bacterial overgrowth
- food intolerances or allergies
- nutritional imbalance
- combination of the above
And what we are now learning, and there are more and more studies confirming this, is that everything starts in the gut.
If we want clear, healthy skin, free of acne, redness and inflammation (and thriving overall health) we MUST address intestinal health first. If the gut health and digestion are not optimal this will be reflected on the skin BECAUSE:
- The skin (like the whole body) depends on the digestion for all the nutrient absorption that it needs to function and thrive. If our digestion is not optimal or our diet not nutrient dense this may lead to nutrients deficiency (vitamin A, B, K, E, D, Zinc and Magnesium are vital for skin health) and that will manifest on the skin as acne breakouts, impaired skin barrier, skin dryness, dull skin, premature ageing etc.
- The digestive system is the only protection we have against endotoxins and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). If endotoxins enter the blood stream, they can do a lot of damage to our health which will first manifest on the skin. And SIBO is highly linked to many skin conditions especially rosacea.
- Healthy gut is the number one factor for balanced hormones and hormonal imbalance more often than not manifests on the skin as acne breakouts, spots, moles and tags.
- If our gut barrier is compromised this creates intestinal permeability and ultimately contributes to the development of food allergies, toxicity and inflammation – all 3 related to acne and rosacea.
- Other factors contributing to acne and rosacea are blood sugar spikes and high histamine all related to gut health and digestion.
Now, let's deep dive into each one more in detail.