What are Skin Disorders?
Skin disorders include a wide range of conditions and may be a sign of an underlying illness. Therefore, it is important to receive a proper diagnosis to not only address symptoms, but make sure you are properly and effectively treating it.
A skin disorder not only affects your physical health, but also your emotional well-being. If left untreated, skin disorders often worsen and can even lead to deeper emotional issues such as low self esteem, depression and anxiety.
The skin is a complex organ, composed of three layers – the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the thin, outermost layer of the skin. Under the epidermis is a thicker layer of skin called the dermis. The subcutaneous layer, also referred to as the subcutis, is a layer of fat and connective tissue that consists of larger blood vessels and nerves.
Skin disorders are related to the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. They are usually attributed to bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, or may be a sign of imbalance in your system.
Examples of skin disorders include:
Diagnosing Skin Disorders
Diagnosing most skin disorders is fairly straightforward and is usually done by means of a thorough examination of the skin and medical history, such as recognizing acne.
Some skin disorders are difficult to diagnose because they can look like other problems. For instance, conditions such as rosacea require proper diagnosis based on a clinical examination by a dermatologist. A skin biopsy or a culture of skin patches may have to be performed in order to differentiate between various types of skin conditions.
What Causes Skin Disorders?
Skin disorders have a wide variety of possible causes based on type and condition. Genetics, hormones, a weak immune system, stress, environmental changes, and diet are all common triggers for a wide range of skin disorders. It is important to receive a proper diagnosis of your skin condition to properly treat it as well as help identify underlying causes.
Help for Skin Disorders
Once you determine your specific skin disorder and its triggers, you may still need additional support to address the symptoms, suited to your needs. Although many over-the-counter and prescription topical creams are effective, using these treatments for extended periods can damage the skin.
Natural and holistic treatments are a safer, gentler alternative to use without the harmful side effects or allergic reactions. In addition, the skin cannot be viewed in isolation from the rest of your body, as the skin is holistically related to overall health and well-being.
It is also important to develop a good skincare routine that involves cleansing and moisturizing your skin in the mornings, evenings and after workouts. Adjusting your lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, drinking lots of water and sustaining healthy sleep patterns will also help to make a significant difference to your skin’s appearance.
Herbal ingredients such as Vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble-free skin. Other highly effective herbs include Glycorrhiza glabra, Melia azadirachta, Sambucus nigra and Stellaria media which help to provide relief from itching and discomfort. In addition, Matricaria chamomilla, Asparathus linearis and Galium aparine also prevents infection and inflammation as well as reduces scarring. In addition, Lavender Essential Oil acts as a circulatory stimulant and antiseptic, and is used to prevent scarring.
Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) act as a natural cleansing tonic and help to purify and detoxify the body’s system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate keep the skin well-hydrated, and act as blood and lymph cleansers, that support the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin.