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About Skin Toxicity

Updated: Dec 11, 2022


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You may be surprised to learn that what you eat can drastically affect the condition of your skin. Perhaps you remember a friend or family member warning you back in high school about chocolate and French fries causing acne, and dismissed it as a myth at the time. But in fact, they weren't that far off-base with their warnings! What you eat does impact your skin health, and dietary improvements can often make living with psoriasis, dermatitis, dandruff, eczema, rosacea or severe acne much less trying. I read a article recently written by Chris Kresser, The gut-skin connection: how altered gut function affects the skin. I loved it. He made a good point I would like to share. He discussed how probiotics improve skin conditions.

Chris explains, "how a line of evidence suggesting a connection between the gut and skin is the observation that probiotics improve skin conditions. Oral probiotics have been shown to decrease lipopolysaccharide, improve intestinal barrier function and reduce inflammation. The first formal case report series on the value of using lactobacilli to treat skin conditions was published in 1961 by a physician named Robert Siver. He followed 300 patients who were given a commercially available probiotic and found that 80 percent of those with acne had some clinical improvement. 3 In a more recent Italian study involving 40 patients, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum in addition to standard care led to better clinical outcomes than standard care alone."

I couldn't agree more. Many of my clients come to see me because they have been struggling with chronic constipation. Their main symptoms are...

Gas and Bloat: there stomach feels tight and sometimes hard and they can feel their lower stomach churn and flutter and with a slight discomfort in lower back and afterwards they get the rumble they pass wind, if they do not pass wind they complain of lower back pain.

Skin rash: many have been developing a rash on their body. It’s different for each person some have rash on their back, stomach, arm, face and legs but from my personal experience the toxic rash released through my stomach. The rash erupts in scaly flaky light pink and light brownish rashes depending on skin tone. Some of them itch, some not.

I have also had many clients that experience sinus related problems. Some have also have had trouble sleeping. I’ve recommend the the Espire by Avon restful sleep capsules and have had good reviews on the product. I haven’t had to use them yet. But my husband who is a truck driver with a crazy sleep schedule lives by them. Another client with sleep apnea who is also a trucker stock up each month. If you have trouble sleeping try the Espire by Avon restful sleep capsules, visit my website at and let me know if they work for you and I will pass the information along to others so they are informed to try them as well to see if it will work for them.

The thing is each client all have been to see a gastroenterologist prior to being referred to me, they did a general blood and stool sample and everything came back normal. But like myself they know like I knew there is something very bad happening that no one can explain. No one ever look to see simple solutions to big problems. I know that diet is not a one size fix all for everybody. However, it’s a start and it can’t hurt to try. Eating healthier is a win win situation for everyone. Eliminating processed foods, toxins, chemicals, all foods that cause allergic reactions, managing wheat and sugar can all help you filter out toxins along with using natural cleaning supplies and products. We all know that we should add probiotics and healthy digestive enzymes to our diet. However, I also think we should do our best to add more green veggies to our diet.

Skin Inflammation happens for many reason. But a deficiency in digestive enzymes can lead to imbalance and cause noticeable health problems. According to Dr. Earl Mindell author of New Vitamin Bible states,

"A deficiency, shortage, or even the absence of one single enzyme can mean the difference between sickness and health." A deficiency in digestive enzymes can cause a host of problems, including increased inflammation and stress on the immune system, which in turn may be reflected in the flare-up of numerous skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and even psoriasis. Keeping enzyme levels where they need to be can increase overall wellness, often reflected in healthier looking skin!"

Again, if you consume lots of fried foods, sugars, alcohol, simple carbohydrates, and caffeine, changing your diet may bring vast improvement to how you look and feel. Enzymes do not live in over-processed foods, or even in foods that have been cooked. To help your system overall, consider including more fresh raw fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains in your diet. It is also recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water per day, to keep you hydrated as well as to encourage proper elimination. Also I would like to help you understand about the environment and how toxin can affect our skin when expose to chemicals. many people aren't aware how chemicals can be absorbed through skin and into the blood stream causing toxic effects, I'll explain the most common ways below.

Become Aware Of All The Things That Can Damage Your Skin and Cause Skin Toxicity!

Pesticides Toxins

During mixing, loading and application of pesticides, the skin is the most likely body surface to come into contact with the product. Many pesticides can be absorbed through the skin into the blood, and can cause toxic effects. The amount of pesticide absorbed through the skin (percutaneous absorption) may be enough to produce severe toxic reactions including death. In addition, pesticides can also injure the skin directly, a process known as cutaneous toxicity. Skin irritation and skin rashes produced by irritating chemical substances are a very noticeable type of chemical toxicity.

Fungi Toxins

Skin infections by fungi (ringworm, athlete's foot, etc.), bacteria, or parasites are also very common medical problems and often have the same symptoms as skin irritation caused by chemical exposure. We live in a world filled with substances which can be irritating to our skin, and we use many of these irritating substances every day without great concern, because we have learned how to restrict our exposure. The skin and the mucous membranes which cover the openings of our bodies to the external environment (such as in the nose and mouth), form protective barriers which keep water inside the body, and keep the outside (filled with bacteria, fungi, dust, dirt, etc.) from coming in.

Sunlight Exposures

The skin is really an organ of the body, and a large one at that. The skin is much more than just a simple covering, it is multi-layered, and underneath the surface (which is composed of dead cells), are other layers composed of living cells which react to irritants when they get through. When an irritant reaches these sensitive live skin cells, they can only respond in a limited number of ways, the first of which is a general response to any irritating chemical or physical agent (like sunlight); inflammation. Inflammation has four components; redness, pain, heat and swelling. The degree of inflammation is a direct result of the degree of chemical or physical irritation (dose-response). If the damage is great enough to cause cell death, then the response will be much more severe, and can result in areas of the skin becoming "denuded" (loss of the layers, with the deeper layers being exposed to the surface).

The Outcome: Dermatitis

Because the response of the skin to many different physical and chemical irritants is similar, the causes of skin irritation must usually be diagnosed by a physician who specializes in skin problems (a dermatologist). This Toxicology Information Brief (TIB) describes one of the most common toxic affects produced by pesticides and other chemicals, cutaneous toxicity in its many forms. Cutaneous toxic reactions account for approximately 1/3 of all pesticide related occupational problems, however pesticides are not the only chemicals which can cause skin toxicity. For example, allergic dermatitis produced by poison oak is the most frequent cause of temporary disability in forestry workers.

Dermatitis means literally "inflammation of the skin." Most often dermatitis is referred to as a skin "rash," however, this term is very non-specific. There are many different types of "rashes" and they differ quite a bit in the way they appear and in how they are produced. Some of the more frequently encountered dermatitis problems in humans and food animals are primary irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. PRIMARY IRRITANT DERMATITIS This type of dermatitis is caused by chemical substances that directly irritate the skin (like caustic acids or bases). The symptoms may be similar to a slight burn (redness, itching, pain) or as severe as blisters, with peeling and open wounds (ulcerations). The areas of direct contact are usually the most affected and this is one of the ways it is recognized. Treatment consists of removal of the irritant by washing and prevention of further contact with the chemical. Steroid creams (such as 0.5% hydrocortisone preparations, available without prescription) may help alleviate pain and itching. When exposure to the irritant is prevented the irritation cannot occur. Thus, the use of appropriate protective equipment can completely prevent the development of primary irritant dermatitis.


Chemicals can be absorbed through skin and into the blood stream causing toxic effects. The chemicals may also cause reactions on the skin surface. Some individuals may be particularly sensitive to a compound or a plant and others may experience little or no effects from contact. Determining the cause of dermatitis may be easy or it may be difficult. If I knew I walked through poison ivy and I develop a reaction, the connection is fairly obvious. However, if I have worked in the garden, or the exterminator visited a week ago and I have developed a rash the connections are not as obvious. Finding out just what has caused the dermatitis may involve "patch testing" in which the patient's skin is exposed to small patches containing dilute solutions of the suspect agents. In this way, the offending chemical can be identified and measures taken to prevent or minimize future exposure. The best way to prevent cutaneous toxicity is the appropriate and correct use of protective clothing, and the use of safe handling and application procedures.

If you need quality products I recommend and personal used Avon Re-tune to help restore collagen within my skin and remove toxin with a real food wellness plan.


Mindell, E. 2004. Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible. NY: Warner Books.

Siver RH: Lactobacillus for the control of acne. J Med Soc New Jersey 1961, 59:52-53

Chris Kresser, October 19, 2012 The gut-skin connection: how altered gut function affects the skin.


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Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director and a full time board certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC

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