How the Immune System Affects Skin Health

by on October 25th, 2010 at 7:00 am

A healthy immune system is vital to good health, so when it is compromised or deficient in any way, other aspects of our overall well-being are likely to suffer, including the health of our skin.

Further, our skin and mucous membranes are considered the outer barriers of our immune system and the body’s first line of defense against bacteria, viruses, and other organisms. When the skin is in poor condition, we are therefore more susceptible to other illnesses.

Common skin problems related to low immunity

  • Boils: Bacterial infections, inflamed hair follicles, or blocked sweat glands that become infected can result in the formation of a boil. Since immune deficiency is one of the top causes of boils, naturally boosting the immune system can help improve skin health in the long-term, while natural remedies can help provide fast-acting pain relief for boils. Silicea, a homeopathic tissue salt, is very effective in helping the body to expel foreign or toxic matter, including pus, and is frequently recommended in homeopathic dosage to quickly alleviate boils. In addition, naturopaths often recommend liver and systemic cleansing herbs such as Silybum marianus and Gallium aperine for treating carbuncles (clusters of boils that form a connected area of infection under the skin).
  • Acne: The exact cause of acne is unknown, but bacteria and germs have been said to contribute to acne, which are again related to immune system health. Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil), Azadirachta indica and Arctium lappa contain antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties and are not only effective for acne but for other skin conditions, too.
  • Eczema: Like acne, the exact cause of eczema is not known, but researchers believe a malfunction within the immune system may be a factor that contributes to the skin condition. Stress, which can hinder immune functioning, is also said to be a cause. Herbal ingredients such as vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble-free skin.

Boil-Rx is a homeopathic remedy that relieves inflammation, pain, swelling and pus caused by boils and septic skin eruptions

One Response to “How the Immune System Affects Skin Health”

  1. Herbal Healing

    Aug 22nd, 2011


    Skin Care is an important factor in all of our lives.There are many Skin diseases that can be prevented or whose progression can be slowed down with proper precautions and healthy eating.

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