So you’ve noticed rashes or major Acne breakouts creeping up and are wondering where they are coming from. You may have even been diagnosed with Eczema or Psoriasis…been given a topical medicated cream and sent home with little explanation of where the rash came from and how to heal it. This can be very frustrating. The fact is that chronic skin rashes almost always have an internal connection somewhere. The question is “where?”
Candida yeast (Candida albicans) is a common condition that has been linked to many ill effects, internal and topical. This bacteria grows in the gut and then can spread throughout the body, causing everything from poor digestion and weight gain to nail fungus, acne (in some cases) and rashes like eczema and psoriasis.
Most people have candida in their system to some extent. This is made worse by a diet filled with sugar, simple carbohydrates, processed foods, hormones in meet and dairy, antibiotics, HRT, and other medications. Usually when someone experiences a topical irritation or rash, the doctor will prescribe a topical antibiotic or steroid cream. Unfortunately, although at first the rash may go away, both of these treatments make the candida much worse.
Candida suppresses the immune system’s offensive weapons on the skin as it does elsewhere in the body, so inflammation can be prolonged on the skin as it is elsewhere. If the inflammation occurs in the hair follicles, acne can result. If the inflammation is spread more generally, we can see eczema. When the inflammation becomes even worse, we see psoriasis. Psoriasis is the body’s immune system fighting Candida on the skin and the immune system is unable to win so the inflammation, a defensive weapon persists. – Dr. Bruce Semon, Wisconsin Institute of Nutrition (www.nutritioninstitute.com)
So what are we supposed to do about this candida epidemic? It starts with diet. There is a ton of really great information out there about the Anti-Candida Diet. These diets are more of a lifestyle change and (I’m being honest here) are really strict. In my experience, they are meant to be a starting point for quick (real) results and are a beneficial addition to an internal cleanse. Cleansing at this level should always be done under medical or professional supervision*. There are also certain clearing agents available for internal yeast, but they are a temporary fix. Candida can easily come back if your system is weak or overloaded, or if your diet is high in sugar. LED Therapy can aid in killing bacteria and calming inflammation in the skin and is a great partner with internal cleansing and dietary changes.