Dr. Kyle Loveless has his own story dealing with skin problems. Over the years, he grew up with severe acne that ultimately led to scarring. Growing up, Dr. Loveless took Accutane and multiple other acne medications (creams, pills, etc.) to get rid of his acne. Due to his scarring, there are things he puts on his skin to improve this scarring as well as his skin’s innate response.
Understanding your innate immune response is crucial to building and improving this God-given system. The adaptive immune response is talked about often. This would include ways to increase antibodies to fight off viruses and infection. Antibodies are necessary, however, if the innate immune response is weak then those antibodies become a flag put on that protein to tell your body to get rid of it. If your body doesn’t have what it needs to get rid of it, it is not effective. We need to build that innate immune response because that will assure future health issues in the long run. Rather than worrying about germs, we should be worrying about our innate health.
The Germ Theory
The germ theory is the basis of everything in the medical field, but it has been scientifically proven the environment is what decides whether the bacteria or infection takes over. Little do people realize, there are tons of microbial bacteria on your skin at all times. If you took a swab inside your mouth or skin and put it under a microscope, you would see all these bacteria growing after some time. The question becomes, why isn’t this happening on our skin? These bacteria overgrowths don’t happen because our body was made to be in a symbiotic relationship with them. When bacteria are in a petri dish, they have an environment to dominate and grow. Because of our innate response, this does not happen. You are more bacteria than human cells. You wouldn’t be alive if germs killed you.
Three Easy Steps to Healthy Skin
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
You can go to the grocery store and buy this for less than $10. You can rub this on your skin as well as your hands. Apple Cider Vinegar gives your body the right pH your skin needs to host good bacteria. What ruins these levels are lotions, hand sanitizer, and other creams being put on your hands daily. Not only are they messing up the environment, but also destroying your body’s innate immune response. Good bacteria are also killed when using these products. These bacteria are very important and effective to our overall health.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used for many benefits such as hair health, skin health, oil pulling, and more. Coconut oil is not as potent as antibiotics but still has a good strong antiviral and antibacterial effect. It is also an oil that helps your skin with moisture in the dry seasons, acting as a natural moisturizer. Not only can you put this on your hands, but everywhere else on our skin. You can even add a few drops of oil such as lavender for more health benefits.
3. Non-inflammatory Diet
If you have been researching the skin, you will know that your skin is much more than the surface of your body. What you are seeing on your skin isn’t what you’ve done to your skin, it is also what is going on internally. The skin is the largest organ, making it a great indicator of your health. Most of the time, skin issues such as acne indicate a problem within the GI tract or digestive system. Change the amount of sugar, refined carbs, and inflammatory fats to drastically change the health of your skin. Following a non-inflammatory diet will yield results. There are tests you can take to find out your root cause if a few months down the road your skin doesn’t change.