Natural Skin Remedies For National Healthy Skin Month
While November is traditionally known for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s also National Healthy Skin Month. Established by the American Academy of Dermatology, this is a great time to start thinking about the health of your skin. As a board-certified, naturopathic physician, I recommend taking a natural approach to treating common skin conditions (such as redness, dryness, or acne). First, search for the underlying cause of the skin condition. Then, use natural remedies free of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING IMBALANCE AND TOPICAL SYMPTOMS.
Natural Remedies for Common Skin Woes
Skin issues are unique to each person. Acne is a very common skin condition that nearly everyone experiences at some point in their lives. Many people, however, still experience acne as adults or even have acne that begins in adulthood. It can come from hormonal imbalances, bacteria, and skin clogged with dead skin cells and debris.
Acne is not the only cause of skin inflammation. Skin conditions such as psoriasis (dry, itchy patches) and eczema (itchy and red inflammation) can result in inflamed skin and discomfort. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies and nutrients that can nourish irritated skin and maintain skin health. I encourage you to try some of them to keep your skin healthy and radiant.
A gentle and effective way to calm occasional blemishes is by using witch hazel, a centuries-old natural remedy. I recommend Thayers Witch Hazel, which helps cleanse, tone, and balance your skin’s natural pH level.
Nutrients applied topically or in supplemental form can nourish skin on the inside and outside. One of these is aloe, which contains powerful antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage, hydrates and reduces redness. Aloe also encourages a healthy gut that will keep the skin’s bacterial balance healthy.
Another potent plant full of antioxidants is resveratrol, which helps protect the skin’s surface. It calms the skin by minimizing redness and brightening the complexion. Many skin creams and topical treatments use resveratrol for its skin-soothing and brightening properties.
By now, you have probably heard about turmeric. Turmeric is the pungent, yellow spice that gives curry its rich color, and it is healthy for the body and skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric spice can be used to make face masks that can be applied to relieve redness and assist with calming acne breakouts and minimize scarring.
Another popular curry ingredient, ginger root, has many skin benefits. It contains antioxidants and helps stimulate circulation. When applied topically, ginger root can even out skin tone and may fade hyperpigmentation. Crushed ginger root can also be mixed into a homemade facial exfoliant to boost radiance and minimize redness.
Before National Healthy Skin Month ends, I recommend making a promise to yourself to try a new and natural approach to skin care to support the health of your skin.
By Dr. Maura Henninger, Licensed and Board-Certified Naturopathic Physician. For more information on Dr. Maura, please visit drmaura.com