The body is designed to heal and repair itself and this is done by the immune system. The immune system functions on its own without much outside help but there are many invaders that can attack the body and cause havoc, especially on the skin. Here are ways the immune system can impact the skin:
- The skin is the largest organ and healthy skin is crucial to our overall health. The skin is our first line of defense against bacteria, viruses and environmental pollutants. If the skin is damaged in any way, it compromises the immunity of the body.
- Water plays a key role in keeping the immune system healthy. Good hydration makes sure every cell, organ, body system and bodily fluids function properly. Without proper hydration toxins can build up in the body and cannot be eliminated, food cannot properly digest, body temperature cannot be regulated and metabolism slows down. Hydration is important to the skin to help prevent dryness and premature aging.
- Certain skin conditions can be an indicator of a compromised immune system. Conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and hyperpigmentation are the result of internal inflammation or auto-immune conditions.
- Seventy percent (70%) of a person’s immune system begins in the gut. An unhealthy gut can lead to thrush, acne, cold sores, eczema and rosacea.
- Candidiasis (commonly known as a yeast infection) is a result of an unhealthy gut that attacks the immune system as a whole. Symptoms may include migraines, hypothyroidism, acne, eczema, obesity, lupus, depression, miscarriages, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and rosacea; and auto-immune diseases such as Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Skin can improve after following a candida-specific program.
- Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can boost the immune system. Choose skin care products with Vitamin A, C and E that will prevent oxidation, inflammation and UV ray exposure.
- Smoking weakens the immune system and robs the body of oxygen it needs to help the skin breath. It can also lead to DNA mutation and cellular malfunction.
- Sleep is crucial for a healthy immune system. During sleep, the body does not have to contend with physical and emotional stressors. The body can repair and refresh itself with adequate sleep.
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Pontillo, R. (2013). Dermascope, “10 Things about the immune system”. Retrieved May 15, 2013, from: http://www.dermascope.com/wellness/10-things-about-the-immune-system