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What’s In Your Skincare?

Sometimes, we are so focused on what we put IN our body that we forget about the things we apply ON our body.  The skin is a very large organ (yes, it's an organ) that requires good health and nutrition to maintain balance, otherwise symptoms start to occur such as itching, dryness, scaling, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, hives, and others.

When looking at the ingredients of your skin care, make sure you are using something without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, or hormones.  If you are gluten free you may want to consider a gluten free skin care line.   Most products even in health food stores use synthetic fragrance, which are often created with solvents and high heat. Chemicals are further added to extend shelf life. Many contain phthalates which are hormone disruptors.  In animals, these chemicals are causing genital malformations in their offspring. Studies show that 25% of American women have high levels of phthalates.    

Choose your skin care products very carefully and be picky about what if any fragrances are in your products.  When it comes to fragrance and active ingredients choose products that actually use and clearly state on their ingredients natural products and essential oils are used.   Therapeutic-grade oils use a gentle distillation process which retains a lot of their naturally therapeutic properties like anti-infammatory, soothing, anti-oxidant, and naturally fragranced aromatherapy. Believe it or not, one of the first things forward thinking cancer nutritionists are doing is helping their patients clean up the toxin exposures in their homes and on their skin care products.  Do this before and to prevent illness and cancer now.    

Many companies are coming out with more natural skin care and put right on the box or jar what it doesn't contain, which is helpful when trying to avoid toxins.  Remember that stress, diet, and weather all take their toll on your skin.  You might be drier in the winter, more prone to break-outs or hives during stress, and react with bumps or itching if you slip on your diet.

There are certain supplements that are really good for the care of your skin.  Those include Omega-3 fatty acids, like the Nordic Naturals fish oil, Vitamin A, C, D, and probiotics.  If you have any questions, talk with our office as we have recommendations for you in regards to quality and quantity for these supplements for optimal skin care. 

Additionally, we have started using compounded creams full of vitamins and nutrients to combat certain skin conditions. We have partnered up with certain compounding pharmacies so that they are blending standard medical treatments for acne, psoriasis and rosacea with natural ingredients such as green tea, zinc, vitamin A, Vitamin D, and niacinamide. The combination of medication with the natural supplements for skin conditions is the natural next step in integrative care. Plus the results are great.  By utilizing the powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers of natural products, the medication part of the creams can be extremely low or even removed to continue to bring you great results.  

If skin issues are a concern for you, talk with Dr. Yu about your options to clear, healthy skin.  

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