How Skin Care Works
We want to provide you with a foundation of support that will enhance your body's own ability to function optimally. Through the DermaHarmony line of nutritional support, systemic cleansing and topical skin treatments, we encourage chronic skin condition sufferers to support better health and skin naturally, from the inside!
"Pharmaceutical-grade nutrients," "systemic inflammation," "the stress response," "pH-balancing diet," and "leaky gut" are hot topics. These concepts are becoming more common today in integrative medicine, an approach that more appropriately addresses the root causes of numerous skin conditions and ailments affecting our overall health, including psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and acne.
All this exciting information leaves many individuals asking "Where do I start?" and "Which approach is best for me?" We want to take the guess work out and devise for you a support plan that is manageable and easily followed at home! We have formulated our Skin-Plaque Solution™ line of topical skin treatments, DermaEssentials™, DermaHarmony D-3™ support, and the DermaDetox™ cleanse for just this purpose.
Key steps to supporting skin health
1) Potent nutrient support to keep up with the demands placed on your body. Use our DermaEssentials™ daily and DermaHarmony D-3™ as needed.
2) Maintain a healthy digestive tract and liver function for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and elimination of waste. This step is supported with our DermaDetox™ 21-day cleanse/detox program, along with digestive enzymes and probiotics included in the DermaEssentials™ package.
3) Eat healthy whole foods. Balance your diet as outlined in Your Healing Diet: A Quick Guide to Reversing Psoriasis and Chronic Diseases with Healing Foods, by Deirdre Earls, RD, LD. This quick guide ships with several of our programs.
4) Manage stress and get adequate sleep to promote skin healing.
5) Use soothing topicals to exfoliate and rejuvenate affected skin, as offered by our Skin-Plaque Solution™ products.
Step one—potent nutrient support
Remember that our skin is the largest gland of our body, and it has a crucial role to play in protection and elimination. Whenever our skin is in a state of inflammation or repair, it requires an enormous amount of resources to heal. This is true of most sicknesses and ailments. Skin rejuvenation requires extra support. Our DermaEssentials™ product is intended to provide you with the additional nutrients you may need. Often you cannot get enough nutrients from foods alone to keep up with your daily bodily demands, especially when battling with psoriasis or other skin ailments.
DermaHarmony has done the work for you! We have combined key pharmaceutical-grade nutrients together into convenient daily supplement packs. We have evaluated the science, expertise and art of manufacturing nutritional supplements to achieve unparalleled quality. We've learned from independent nutritional experts John Pagano, Earl Mindell, and Liz Lipski how to best help sufferers of psoriasis, dermatitis, dandruff, eczema, rosacea and severe acne.
There are only a handful of companies in the United States capable of producing a nutritional supplements of the DermaEssentials™ quality (we're fond of USANA, Vitamin Research Products, Source Naturals and Karuna). Most programs do not come with digestive enzymes or probiotics. We are not the only quality supplement maker, but we know of no other supplement program of this caliber made specifically for sufferers of severe skin conditions. Customer after customer, even the most skeptical, cannot say enough about how good DermaEssentials™ makes them feel!
DermaHarmony's D-3™ is an exceptional formulation of vitamin D, sold separately, enabling you to tailor consumption to your own needs, which can vary by age, lifestyle, geographic region, and whether you receive UV light therapy for your psoriasis. Medical literature is now revealing shows the gross number of individuals mildly and overtly deficient in vitamin D across the country. This is a key nutrient. It supports far more health-promoting functions of the body beyond simply bone density.
With the popularity of dietary supplements at an all-time high it can be hard to choose—why the need for more? We wanted to put together what you need in convenient packets for a busy lifestyle, to simply use at breakfast and lunch. We also wanted unsurpassed quality!
Step two—digestive health and detox
With psoriasis, the affected areas of skin are in a state of rapid over-production. The intended quality of each cell and layer integrity are compromised and simply can't keep up, causing itching, peeling and discomfort associated with the condition. Unfortunately, many conventional medical therapies act like Band-Aids, simply covering up the problem, and some newer psoriasis treatments may be more toxic than what you are willing to consider. For many with psoriasis, great improvements can made by focusing on digestive wellness and healing from the inside first. We offer you a free sample psoriasis diet meal plan to start.
Several renowned naturopathic and chiropractic doctors have identified multiple internal factors that can play a role in psoriasis, such as poor digestion of proteins, particular nutrient deficiencies, food and alcohol sensitivities, lack of fiber, slow peristalsis, systemic pH imbalance, fecal toxin overload and re-absorption, and inflammation.
Many of us have a liver that is overburdened with toxins and insufficiently supported to unload these toxins from our system. We can then develop a weakened, unhealthy intestinal lining that is unable to filter appropriately, allowing fecal toxins to be reabsorbed and re-circulated. This leads to increased inflammation and derailment of the skin function in many individuals. But there are things you can do to enhance the performance of the intestines and combat these factors.
If you suffer from a skin ailment like psoriasis, consider clearing out the colon and supporting the liver detoxification process. Most of us benefit from this cleansing process at least annually, if not every 3–4 months. Our DermaDetox™ provides an excellent 21-day cleansing process that focuses on 7 days of colon support + 7 days of liver support + 7 days of colon cleanse. Then our DermaEssentials™ nutrient packets not only provide vitamins and minerals, but digestive support as well with vital enzymes and probiotic elements included. This combines ideal nutrient support and digestive support so you can actually absorb and use what you need—better!
Step three—nutrition and dietary healing
Nutritional basics are key. Eat a balanced whole foods diet. Focus on eating foods in their natural, non-processed and unpackaged state. We encourage you to start shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store. Avoid the center isles and frozen, processed foods departments.
Here at DermaHarmony we understand that undertaking a new diet can be a daunting task. Popular dietary healing guides in the past were considered by many as too involved and unrealistic for long-term use. In conjunction with our programs, we offer a healing skin dietary guide written by registered dietician and nutritionist Deirdre Earls, who used healthy foods to heal her own psoriasis! This new, user-friendly dietary guide contains realistic food choices for busy active people! The author has done the work of compiling lists for how to shop and easily prepare the most beneficial foods, to help promote healing of skin ailments like psoriasis—from within!
Step four—stress management and sleep
How we live day today and how well we sleep have a tremendous impact on our immune health, mental health, and ultimately the function of our entire system. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, so of course there is a connection with stress and our skin health. Almost all skin condition sufferers will tell you that things are worse when they are not sleeping and when under more stress, but few make the connection between how much better their skin is and how much better they feel overall when stress is well managed. Except what we notice on vacation, of course! So how do we find the balance, fine-tuning our stress levels somewhere between high-gear and vacation mode? It usually takes awareness and discipline, as well as a plan of action—and DermaHarmony can help!
Our Nurse Practitioner highly recommends that you start with a self-inventory. Compile a list of things that stress you in your life daily and periodically. Then jot down a list of things you do for yourself that are relaxing, rejuvenating, and support good sleep daily. If your lists are not equal in length, it is time for a change!
We often recommend finding joyful relaxing activities you can do for yourself briefly but frequently each day. We also recommend The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, by Martha Davis, et al., an easy workbook to read at your own pace. Oftentimes, more prolonged relaxation is needed in the hour or two before bedtime to support an ideal sleep cycle, sometimes referred to as sleep hygiene. For help with this, we suggest you start with the book Say Good-Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School, by Gregg Jacobs and Herbert Benson. Both of these books are available at www.amazon.com.
Stress management and good sleep are inherently linked to regular exercise. Being active is a healthy first step. Even walking ten minutes a day and taking the stairs at work can make a noticeable difference. Finding what you love for more attentive exercise a few days a week is the next step, and with a positive mind-set, you will find yourself achieving more than you anticipated! The medical debate about the impact of stress on our overall health has pretty much concluded that stress is bad—so do something about it for your health and well-being. It will support radiant skin!
Step five—soothing topical skin treatments
If you give proper attention to steps 1 through 4, you'll only need to use topical treatments during the times when you have slipped out of balance.
Our Skin-Plaque Solution™Gel is a topical exfoliant specifically formulated to eliminate the itching, flaking, and scaling of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. The active ingredient is salicylic acid, which the FDA recognizes as safe and effective for the treatment of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Simply apply in the evening, then wash off in the morning with a warm bath or shower.
Our Skin-Plaque Solution™ Spray is based on the specific properties of zinc pyrithione (ZnP). Zinc pyrithione acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent, and exerts a high antibacterial and anti-fungal action against a series of pathogenic microorganisms (mainly Streptococcus and Staphylococcus.)
Read on for the answers you seek, then give us a call if you would like additional guidance. To read more on these subjects, visit our library.
Principal Author: M. Smith, DermaHarmony Nurse Practitioner
Date of Publication: 06/27/2006