Although I’ve given up on having great hair, my clients care a lot about it. They also want clear skin. So, when asked about how to improve these two things, I always start by working from the inside out. Read on to learn a bit more about my hair and skincare philosophy.
Does the Gut Affect Your Skin?
Yes, you are what you eat. If your body doesn’t like it, it will let you know not just in your stomach, but also on your skin. After eliminating common allergens- dairy being the most common for conditions like eczema- I recommend a ‘weed and feed’ protocol, whereby you eliminate bad bacteria, and repopulate with good bacteria. My programs last 6-8 weeks. Before starting it’s great to have baseline for gut health, so I use one of two tests: Microbiome Test Kit and GI Effects Microbial Ecology Profile. Other common skin triggers include alcohol, sugar, and nuts. I use acupuncture to assist with digestive function and food cravings.
How Do Adrenal Glands Affect Detox?
As Westerners we’re enamored with detox, but most of us miss the mark. That’s because the body will naturally detox when given the right resources. Your adrenal glands, which support energy production, also play a key role in detox. Simply put, if you’re exhausted, you cannot detox. Western cleanses can force your body to detox, but you’re much more likely to experience severe symptoms during the process. I advise my clients on how to improve their vitality and strengthen their adrenal and immune systems, before detoxing. Once they do, their skin can begin to clear naturally.
What Are the Best Supplements for Skin?
I’ve written several articles on this topic including Top 3 Supplements For Better Hair, Skin, & Nails. You’ll want to take an approach to health skin and hair by supporting your body with key vitamin and minerals like zinc, selenium, a natural source of vitamin E like wheat germ oil, and biotin. Don’t forget digestive support by using Betaine HCL. You can also use herbs like Stinging Nettles, Horsetail, and Chinese herb Fo-ti, Polygonum multiflorum). In my practice I offer all of these supplements and more for skin support.
Can Acupuncture Help Skin?
You bet! Acupuncture can support digestive function, support the liver (which helps with detox), improve circulation, and relieve stress. Of course, as an acupuncturist and herbalist, I am always looking at the body comprehensively to identify and rule out other causes of inflammation. A differential diagnosis and custom treatment plan are the key to success.
How Do I Get Support for My Skin?
Please call our office at 650-564-9002 or contact us for more information. We’d be delighted to work with you!