By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
There are several causes of Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis. Let’s discuss a few of them. There is usually some sort of “trigger” for the skin to start erupting or breaking out. This “trigger” can be different for people with the same symptoms. One cause of Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis may be autoimmunity. For years I have seen people’s skin be clear and then, all of a sudden something happens, and their skin is breaking out. For some people, this “occurrence” can trigger autoimmunity which is when the immune system attacks the skin. The more I speak with people, the more I learn that there is usually someone else (mom, dad, grandparents) that also had a kind of autoimmunity, so there seems to be a genetic reason for it too.
What triggers the autoimmunity against the skin? It can be anything from a death of a loved one, an illness, a tick bite, an injury, stress, a harmful bacteria exposure and more.
What can be done to clear up the skin? This part is easy! The answer is always, find the cause and fix it!
I really like running IGG / IGE food testing on people because it gives people the answers they need about themselves and their diet. The test is all about YOU! It covers 184 delayed food reactions and 25 immediate reactions to food.
I also like running stool testing on people. Your health IS in your gut, and people are always amazed at what is in their gut! I love reviewing stool test labs with people, they always look surprised by what bugs they may have inside their gut. So, along with food, your gut can be the cause of Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis too.
Lastly, I have to talk about hormones. Women go through so many changes in life that once we get our hormones balanced out for a while, they seem to change on us again. We go through puberty, premenopause, and then menopause. And let’s not leave out the thyroid which seems to have a mind of its own at times. I had one client with terrible acne that cleared up once Free T3 was correctly treated! And men, you too go through hormone changes that can affect Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis, so you are not left out here!
Here are some test kits I like to run when we are looking for what causes Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis. They are listed in the order of importance.
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