acne, nutrition, Skin Health

The vitamin D and acne connection

Vitamin D deficiency is known to play a role in many inflammatory skin conditions, and certainly is seen to be a contributing factor in acne. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition with both systemic inflammation and local inflammation within the skin, even at the very early micro-comedone stage of development. The causes of local inflammation… Continue reading The vitamin D and acne connection

acne, Acne and diet, nutrition, Skin Health, Stress

The connection between our gut health and skin

The Gut-Skin Axis The health of the gut microbiome and its impact on wider health has seen an explosion of research, and with the advent of DNA sequencing our understanding of the microbiome and its effects on health is growing. We now understand that the influence of the gut microbiome extends beyond the gut, impacting… Continue reading The connection between our gut health and skin

acne, Skin Health, Stress

Acne is more than skin deep

The burden of acne is more than skin deep. Strongly impacting on negative self-image and perceived stress, acne not only causes stress but is also made worse by stress. It is now well established that stress contributes to the development of acne but until this year there have been no studies looking at stress management… Continue reading Acne is more than skin deep

acne, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Sensitive Skin, Skin Health

Is​ ​modern​ ​life responsible for skin conditions?

The skin is a protective barrier between the outside world and our internal processes. Living on the skin is a whole world of microbes otherwise known as the skin microbiome. This bacterial world plays a key role in maintaining skin health and those that inhabit our skin surface have many beneficial roles, both topically and… Continue reading Is​ ​modern​ ​life responsible for skin conditions?

acne, Psoriasis, Sensitive Skin, Skin Health

Black Seed Oil – the skin wunderkind

Corticosteroids are a cornerstone of topical treatment in most inflammatory skin conditions. However, this treatment comes with the potential for significant risk including thinning of the skin, development of spider veins and suppression of normal stress responses via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. So recently when a client of mine (thank you!) sent through a study outlining… Continue reading Black Seed Oil – the skin wunderkind

nutrition, Psoriasis, Skin Health

Risk factors for psoriasis

A recent review in the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health highlights nutrition as a risk factor for psoriasis, suggesting that overall diet, body weight and quality of nutrition are significant triggers of disease development and exacerbating factors, with potential to worsen the disease severity. Psoriasis a chronic immune-mediated condition associated with significant… Continue reading Risk factors for psoriasis

Skin Health

The scaly issue of psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease of scaling and inflammation that affects about 1 to 5% of the population worldwide. Itching and abnormal flushing are also common features. Primarily affecting adults, psoriasis is caused by an accelerated skin cell turn over and has a strong genetic component.. Those who suffer from this disease often… Continue reading The scaly issue of psoriasis

acne, Skin Health

Common causes of acne

The development of acne is multi-factorial with a number of causes and exacerbating factors contributing to the onset and persistence of the condition. These include: Gut health and the microbiome - microbial residents of the gastrointestinal tract are now recognised as having wide ranging effects. Links with depression and anxiety, immune issue and skin conditions… Continue reading Common causes of acne