Is your skin telling you something?

8 Skin conditions that might be more than skin deep.

Some skin problems can be more than just superficial issues, indicating deeper health concerns here are just 8 that we have seen in the clinic and how they could be treated.

Many of us over the years have learnt the importance of mole checking but these 8 conditions sometimes are not on our radar as having deep health meaning. 

These skin issues highlight the importance of looking beyond the surface to understand and address underlying health conditions

This blog is not here to scare but to increase awareness and hopefully land at the right time for the right person and make a difference in their lives.

So read on:  

  1. Psoriasis: Is a skin condition AND an autoimmune disease that can signal joint problems, cardiovascular disease, and a higher risk of other autoimmune disorders.
  2. Lupus: The butterfly-shaped rash on the face, along with other skin symptoms, can point to lupus, a serious condition that affects the immune system and various organs in the body.
  3. Scleroderma: Beyond tightening and hardening of the skin, scleroderma can ALSO  affect internal organs like the heart, lungs, and digestive system, leading to serious complications.
  4. Dermatomyositis: Is a distinctive skin rash accompanied by muscle weakness CAN indicate potential inflammation in the muscles and skin.
  5. Diabetes: Certain skin changes, such as dark, velvety patches in body folds, CAN suggest diabetes or prediabetes, reflecting issues with blood sugar levels
  6. Liver Disease: Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), spider angiomas, and other skin changes USUALLY  signals liver disease or cirrhosis.
  7. Thyroid Disorders: Skin that’s unusually dry, thick, or sweaty CAN be a sign of thyroid problems, affecting metabolism and energy levels.
  8. Celiac Disease: Dermatitis herpetiformis, a type of itchy skin rash, CAN  indicate celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten.

At The Dorchester Clinic, we are advocates for the functional medicine approach, which is looking for the root causes of diseases and addressing them through lifestyle and holistic approaches.

A functional medicine practitioner might suggest a combination of dietary changes, supplements, stress management, and other lifestyle adjustments, along with conventional treatments. 

Diet, supplements and lifestyle changes could all work together and below is how functional medicine might approach each condition.

Remember though, these approaches often require personalised assessments and treatments tailored to the individual’s unique health situation for success.

  1. Psoriasis:
    • Dietary changes to reduce inflammation, such as a gluten-free or anti-inflammatory diet.
    • Supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and probiotics support skin health and immune function.
    • Lifestyle Stress management techniques since stress can trigger or worsen flare-ups.
  2. Lupus:
    • A diet rich in antioxidants and low in processed foods to support the immune system.
    • Supplements like fish oil, vitamin D, and antioxidants reduce inflammation and support overall health.
    • Lifestyle adjustments to manage stress and avoid sun exposure, can exacerbate lupus symptoms.
  3. Scleroderma:
    • Nutritional strategies to manage digestive issues, such as a high-fibre diet or specific diets that reduce intestinal inflammation.
    • Supplements that may support circulatory and immune system health.
    • Lifestyle Physical therapy and exercises to maintain flexibility and skin elasticity.
  4. Dermatomyositis:
    • Anti-inflammatory diet to reduce muscle inflammation.
    • Supplements like vitamins D and E, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids support muscle and skin health.
    • Lifestyle Physical activity to maintain muscle strength and flexibility, adjusted to the individual’s capabilities.
  5. Diabetes:
    • A low-glycemic diet to help manage blood sugar levels.
    • Supplements such as chromium, magnesium, and alpha-lipoic acid support blood sugar regulation and metabolic health.
    • Lifestyle Exercise and weight management to improve insulin sensitivity
  6. Liver Disease:
    • Diet changes to support liver health, such as reducing alcohol intake and eating liver-friendly foods like leafy greens and other vegetables.
    • Supplements like milk thistle, dandelion root, and turmeric support liver detoxification and repair.
    • Lifestyle Stress reduction and avoiding exposure to toxins whenever possible.
  7. Thyroid Disorders:
    • A diet that supports thyroid function potentially reduces gluten and dairy intake if sensitivity is present.
    • Supplements such as selenium, zinc, and iodine (if deficient) support thyroid health.
    • Lifestyle Stress management and possibly adjustments to exercise routines to not overburden the thyroid.
  8. Celiac Disease:
    • Lifestyle A strict gluten-free diet to eliminate autoimmune triggers.
    • Nutritional support to address any deficiencies, such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D.
    • Supplements  Healing the gut with probiotics and possibly other supplements like L-glutamine.

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