Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Help for Dermatitis

Finding out what is irritating your skin and avoiding it are the keys to dealing with dermatitis. When your immune system overreacts to an irritant, you get dermatitis.

Dermatitis is simply your immune system flashing its message -- "I'm irritated" -- on your skin in the form of an itchy red rash. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition, affecting 2 to 5 percent of the population. It appears as reddened small bumps and scaly eruptions occurring on the sides of the nose, the cheeks, scalp and skin folds (in worse cases the armpits, groin and neck also). There is no single clear cause of seborrhea dermatitis, although a poor functioning immune system may be involved.

The vitamins B6 (pyridoxine) and Biotin appear to help seborrheic dermatitis and their lack may be a causative factor. Candida albicans may be involved in causing or worsening seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis is highly responsive to nutritional management. Skin smoothness can be enhanced, as well, through specific dietary manipulation and supplementation with essential oils, B-vitamins, Zinc, and antioxidants at established doses.

Regarding nutrition and detoxification, research reveals that many skin conditions are aggravated by faulty detoxification mechanisms, excess toxicity and compromised liver function. The liver is the main blood filtration plant to neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body.

Conversely, a number of skin conditions have been shown to respond favorably when the bodys detoxification centers are supported through dietary manipulation and the appropriate use of supplements. Thus, nutritional support is a vital aspect of skin health and appearance, and optimizing detoxification is a primary target in the treatment of a variety of common skin conditions. Although enhancing detoxification is not the only role of nutritional management for skin conditions, it is an often overlooked area of intervention.

Supplements suggested:
Daily Strips
Beta Carotene
Omega 3 Supplement
EveningPrimrose Oil
I would also consider Liver Detoxifier and Acidopholus.
Suggesting Natural Hair Care, and the use of cleansing lotion or the Soap-Free Cleansing Bar for washing the face.

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