Proper Elimination For Skin Health

Dr. Natalie MacIsaac, ND

Our skin has many jobs, but what may come as a shock: elimination isn’t one of them. Many people think of sweating as a way to ‘detox’ or get rid of waste, but sweating mostly just expels water from our bodies in order to cool us off. Therefore, the best route to healthy, glowing skin is to make sure that we are eliminating well. This is the job of our bowels, our bladder, and our breath. If these routes of elimination aren’t working well – think constipation, dehydration or stress – then our skin suffers. Acne, sinusitis, and yeast infections are examples of imbalances created in the skin as a result of improper elimination of hormones, metabolites, and microbes. With that in mind, our body is designed to have a bowel movement 20-45 minutes after each large meal (gastrocolic reflex). That is three times a day for most people, yet many are not experiencing this frequency.

The best treatments for the skin have ingredients that keep our primary systems of elimination working well. One of my favourite products for skin health is Sage Clinic’s own Dr. Moore’s Skin Tincture, which is created in-house.  This tincture has a blend of herbs to support our bowels, kidneys, and lungs so that our skin can do what it does best.

Dr. Moore’s Skin Tincture:

Dandelion (Taraxacum)  – Well rounded bitter herb for supporting elimination through the bowels and bladder. Mild laxative and bile stimulant.

Burdock (Arctium lappa) – anti-inflammaorty herb that is used for chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, ecxema, and boils by stimulating bile production and the lymphatic system.

Nettle (Urtica)- high in minerals, this nutritive herb is a diuretic and supports the natural function of the urninary tract.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – promotes skin healing and regeneration.

Horsetail  (Equisetum spp.) – supports and promotes bladder health and is high in silica.