The importance of zinc for skinintegrity. What are the reasons for dry and flaky skin?

Approximately 6% of the body’s zinc stores are located in healthy skin.1 In wounded skin, however, zinc levels have been found to increase locally within the first 24 hours, most likely to aid in the removal of damaged tissue and to promote wound healing.2

Serum zinc levels have been found to be deficient in over 50% of patients, making zinc an essential nutrient for skin health.3 The ‘zinc challenge’ done by naturopaths in order to test this, come back with varying degrees of deficiency nearly every time.

Maintaining the integrity of the outermost layer of the epidermis is crucial for the barrier function of the skin. Known as the stratum corneum, this protective layer is like a fortress, composed of a ‘bricks and mortar’ type structure, where the ‘bricks’ are the corneocytes and the ‘mortar’ is the surrounding lipid layer which holds the bricks in place.

It is imperative for the health of the body, to keep this protective wall healthy and zinc is one of the chief components to do this.

The two components of corneum and corneocytes work together in maintaining skin function. Corneocytes not only provide physical structure, but also produce natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) which attract and retain water in the stratum corneum. Where there is damage to the lipid-rich extracellular domain (i.e. from excessive exposure to irritants like soapy water and detergents or the use of topical corticosteroids), these NMFs may be leached from the corneocyte, compromising the hydration capacity of the skin. The resultant transcutaneous water loss actually impedes the activity of desquamatory enzymes in the stratum corneum which are responsible for proper skin shedding, ultimately leaving the skin dry and flaky.

Skin conditions arise out of the body’s inability to rid the body of toxins in the detoxification process. With our Naturopath in Fremantle, testing can be done, such as Iridology and Live blood Analysis to distinguish between causes and symptoms of your condition

Our business also offers on line retail gift kits with natural products available for immediate help for the skin.

Detoxification with your Naturopath is a must to be drug and toxin free. The biggest eliminative organ is the skin. Therefore, skin conditions represent internal conditions. This is a type of allergy. With the use of natural remedies these issues can be resolved. Contact A Natural Self in South Fremantle.

Visit our Naturopath in Fremantle for Heavy Metal Allergy Testing. Much of the body’s zinc will be used to rid the body of toxins in the process of detoxification. Health is dependent on Zinc for many reasons. Our testing will found out the cause of the problem. Then you can be treated with the appropriate natural products.

References

Prasad AS. Clinical, immunological, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles of zinc. ExpGerentol. 2008; 43(5):370-7.

Lansdown ABG, et al. Zinc in wound healing: Theoretical, experimental, and clinical aspects. Wound Rep Reg. 2007; 15:2-16.

Hon KL, et al. Serum levels of heavy metals in childhood eczema and skin diseases: Friends or foes. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2010; 21:831-6

Lehmann B. The vitamin D3 pathway in human skin and its role for regulation of biological processes. PhotochemPhotobiol. 2005; 81: 1246-51.

World Health Organization: Facing the facts – The impact of chronic disease in Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2010 <http://www.who.int/chp/chronic_disease_report/media/impact/en/index.html>.

1.Hun Lee S, KyooJeong S, Ku Ahn S. An update of the defensive barrier function of skin. Yonsei Med J. 2006;47(3):293-306.