The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.
Skin has three layers :
- The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
- The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
- The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.
The skin’s color is created by special cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. Melanocytes are located in the epidermis.
The skin has many functions, including :
- Protecting the body from heat, sunlight, injury and infection
- Helping to regulate body temperature
- Blood flow to the skin’s surface allows the heat to escape to the air and helps to maintain a constant body temperature.
- Sweating allows the body to regulate its temperature. Sweating does not occur until the core body temperature is greater than 37°C.
- Helping to control fluid loss
- The skin prevents the body from losing water and electrolytes. Yet, as a balance, water continually evaporates from the skin’s surface.
- Getting rid of waste substances through the sweat glands
- Nerve receptors in the skin monitor the environment by sensing cold, heat, pain and pressure. These nerve receptors are more concentrated in our fingertips.
- Storing water, fat and vitamin D.
Hence, skin is the mirror of our internal being. Healthy skin indicates good health and unhealthy skin is the sign of disturbed health.
A healthy skin is naturally :
- Even in color tone
- Firm and tight
- Contour rich
- Free of disease
What makes your skin Unhealthy :
- Eating unhealthy food
- Overexposure to Sun
- Not drinking enough water
- High stress level
- Over consumption of alcohol and smoking
- Use of wrong cosmetic products
- Touching your skin and pricking the breakouts
- Not getting enough sleep
- Neglecting to clean your face before bed
The Homeopathic approach for SKIN PROBLEMS is the constitutional approach where the patient answers a list of questions, based on which the analysis and evaluation of the case is done and a proper constitutional therapies is selected. As homeopathy believes we need to treat the man in disease and not the disease in man. As skin disorders are the end results of inner, emotional stress. Homeopathy also doesn’t believe in treating the skin disorders by local ointments and creams, rather it prefers the oral therapies which go deep into the system and controls.
Homeopathy is effective in dealing with following skin problems:
- Eczema, Atopic dermatitis, Infantile eczema
- Lichen Planus and other variants
- Vitiligo, pigmentary disorders
- Fungus infections
- Chronic and recurring bacterial infections
- Urticaria and other allergic disorders
- Warts, Molluscum Contagiosa, Herpes genitalis, Herpes Zoster, and other viral infections
- Lupus and other collagen diseases
- Acne, Dandruff, Hair loss
Tips for healthy and glowing skin:
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day to keep your skin moist.
- Regular exercise to maintain skin elasticity.
- Protect skin from UV rays.
- Apply moisturizer after warm face wash to restore the oil keep skin hydrated.
- Get good sleep.
- Wash your face daily mostly before going to bed.