Natural Skin Health Part 1
Our epidermis, or outer most layer of skin, is a precious protective barrier to the outside world. This is part one in a two part series that dissects the components affecting skin health. The second installment will cover the anatomy of the layers that make up our skin, as well as regimen to address the issues discussed below.
- the outer layer of cells covering an organism, in particular
- the surface epithelium of the skin of an animal, overlying the dermis
- the outer layer of tissue in a plant
Internal Factors // Things We Ingest That Affect Skin Health
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive coffee/stimulant consumption
- Processed foods
Excessive drinking causes constant dilation of skin capillaries along the nose and cheek bones, which weaken and break the capillary walls over time. On the contrary, smoking nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict- dramatically reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the epidermis. A diet that consists of processed foods leads to dehydration and malnutrition.
External Factors That Affect Skin Health
- Excessive UV exposure
Unfortunately, pollution is increasingly problematic for our health and environment. Pollution can clog pores with excessive dirt and particles in the air, but toxic environments can also inhibit how skin cells repair themselves. Excessive UV exposure can cause pigmentation variations, weaken elasticity of skin, and potentially lead to skin cancer.
Physiological & Psychological Factors That Affect Skin Health
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Hormonal imbalance
- Chronic stress
While bacteria and dirt are culprits for acne and blemishes, hormonal fluctuations and imbalances share an important role in disrupting skin health. Excess sebum, or oil production influenced by hormones, can clog and congest pores; causing outbreaks. Chronic stress or stressful environments can also stimulate adrenal glands to emit hormones that cause excessive oil producing glands.