Skin Health

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Skin health is a reflection of overall health. Your skin represents you to the world, and a dull, listless, or irritated skin usually reflects a bigger problem going on inside. Just one example of health problems manifesting themselves in poor skin tone is toxic bowel syndrome. In this case, the colon isn't able to eliminate wastes effectively, and they instead get reabsorbed into the body, resulting in a cloudy, dull skin tone, and sometimes in breakouts.

In cases of liver damage, the skin becomes jaundiced, or yellowish--a clear indicator of what is wrong. Sometimes medications, especially those involving hormones, have side effects, such as dryness or acne breakouts. In addition, the skin itself being a very sensitive organ, it can contract diseases of its own, such as infections, viruses, psoriasis, eczema, even cancer.

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For this reason, we need to put extra attention into caring for our skin. To avoid causing skin diseases, we should take extra care to avoid exposure to the sun. Its ultraviolet rays have been proven to cause skin cancers such as malignant melanoma, which is among one of the most fatal--and preventable--of all cancerous diseases.

The skin is highly absorbent. This makes it able to do its job of taking in nutrients and secreting what it doesn't need. However, it also makes it vulnerable to contamination. Thus another way to protect skin health is to avoid exposing it to pollution. This includes surface contact with toxic substances, as well as contact with airborne pollutants in smoky, dusty, or chemical-filled air. Finally, what we eat affects our skin health, so avoiding polluting ourselves from within through junk food, alcohol or drugs is another way to protect both our skin and overall health.

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