22 June 2019

Face Value . . . We bring skin speak to the surface

Face Value . . . We bring skin speak to the surface

Forget ‘you are what you eat’ it’s the treatments you seek that are destined to make a real difference when it comes to healthy skin. Ditching sugar, curbing the carbs and tossing the processed packages may be great steps towards overall health and wellbeing – but, culling them wont necessarily improve skin health. Why? Because it’s about turning to proven scientific research not reaching out for anecdotal, when it comes to truly treating skin conditions, say dermatologists.

Afterall, every person’s skin is different and requires an individual approach – which is why seeking solutions via dietary elimination or off the supermarket shelf doesn’t always fair well. “A dermatologist will look at a face and immediately recognise if the skin is inflammatory or the non-inflammatory type – something many of us can’t tell,” says Da Vinci Clinic dermatologist, Dr Nicola Abbott. “The supermarket shelf doesn’t always fair well – dishing up solutions that are often ineffective long-term.”

But surely what we eat has some impact on our skin, right? Yes, there are some food allergies, that may affect your skin, but generally their role is limited when it comes to skin disease – they are not the cause of every condition. For example, a person suffering from psoriasis may do some online ‘research’ and opt to cut gluten from your diet, but unless he/she had a real hypersensitivity or a true diagnosed gluten allergy, eliminating gluten from their diet to improve your psoriasis may have little effect. Why? Because gluten is not overly inflammatory. Another example of where dietary factors may have little or no impact on skin health is supplement use. Why? Because many over-the-counter supplements we buy online or instore are not regulated – and claims on bottles may not be verified by science.

And let’s not forget, anyone can post anything they want on the internet, so be wary of the information you chance upon on the web – recommendations should essentially be taken with a grain of salt. Making an improved difference to skin health begins with seeking guidance and help from a registered skin professional – who will recommend the best treatment plan and/or dietary changes and options, for you long-term.

“A dermatologist might recommend topical retinoids – which are derived from Vitamin A, these unclog and regenerate skin cells faster,” says Amy. “Also Niacinamide – a topical B Vitamin – which has hit headlines of late as it decreases inflammation and improves skin texture.”

The long and short of skin speak? Don’t journey with the masses when it comes to your skin health – and avoid making changes to your diet and health on a whim – source guidance and expertise for the greatest skin benefits.