Your skin is the mirror of your inner health. Different types of skin problems depict various underlying ailments which, if not treated on time could lead to serious health problems. For example, itchy and non-healing skin may indicate diabetes; dry itchy skin might indicate thyroid problems and sweaty skin may be a sign of fungal infections. Likewise, perpetually dry and scaly skin might indicate psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, or ichthyosis and oily skin may be a sign of acne, recurrent boils, or seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is therefore important to address skin problems as soon as possible before they lead to serious complications. However, a recent survey revealed that most individuals who have skin problems that deserve medical attention do not seek medical help at the initial stage, thereby aggravating the condition.
The most common skin disorders are:
Acne: is the condition in which the overactive oil glands and dead cells clog the skin pores resulting in pimples. It usually occurs during teenage years. The symptoms of acne can be mostly seen on the face, neck, back and shoulders. If left untreated it may cause blemishes and scarring.
Eczema: is the inflammation of skin often referred to as dermatitis. Eczema is characterized by excessive itching, dry and scaly eruptions with redness. It may occur at any age but most common in infants and children.
Psoriasis: is characterized by thick, red, swollen patches covered by silvery white scales. It mostly involves scalp, face, lower back, elbows, knees, fingernails and toenails. It may occur at any age. People with severe psoriasis undergo social embarrassment, job stress and emotional distress. It could also lead to psoriatic arthritis – a chronic inflammatory arthritis.
Vitiligo: is a chronic skin condition characterized by portions of the skin losing their pigment. The visible sign of vitiligo is the presence of pale patchy areas of depigmented skin, which tend to occur on the extremities. The patches are initially small, but often grow and change shape.
Rosacea: It is characterized by redness and pimples over the face. It mainly affects the forehead, lower half of nose and chin. It mostly occurs in woman and fair-skinned people.
Causes Of Skin Disorders:
Emotions such as anxiety, stress, depression and others may lead to conditions like vitiligo, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hives, lichen planus and others. The combination of auto-immune, genetic and environmental factors also has been seen as the causes of various skin disorders.
Homeopathy For Skin:
Any skin disorder, according to homeopathic tenets, is simply the outer ‘expression’ of internal ‘turmoil’. Therefore, the homeopathic approach for skin problems comprises understanding and analyzing the patient’s case is done individually and providing medicine. Homeopathy does not treat skin disorders in isolation, it treats the individual as a whole. Homoeopathic medicine works on the physical as well as emotional level. Since emotions trigger and activate autoimmune problems, such as psoriasis, the underlying psychosomatic factor must be taken in account.
Self-Care Tips For Healthy Skin:
Limit bathing time. Instead of hot water, use warm water.
After bathing, gently pat dry your skin with a towel to retain the skin moisture.
Moisturise your skin, based on your skin type.
Eat a healthy diet – consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Use sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15.