Great Skincare Starts From Within

healthy_foodsMany of my newsletters and blog posts are based on questions that patients ask me during the course of my work here at Maine Laser Skin Care.  More than a few patients have asked me the following: I use skincare products to protect my skin, but what else do I need to do to maintain healthy skin?

If you want to ensure that your skin appears healthy and does not age prematurely, you must understand several basic concepts.  First and obviously, you must protect your skin from external environmental factors such as the sun.

Second, since your skin is the largest organ in your body, you must protect your skin from within as well.  In essence, if your insides are not healthy, your skin will look unhealthy.

The following are essential steps to promote healthier appearing skin but which focus on what we put into our bodies:

  1. Limit sugar intake as much as possible. Spikes in your blood sugar result in increased inflammation throughout your body.  Increased inflammatory factors can result in a number of skin abnormalities.
  2. Take probiotics.  Boosting good bacteria in your system helps proper digestion of food.  Proper digestion of fruits and vegetables releases micronutrients, which can reduce body inflammation.
  3. Take fish oil, or eat oily species of fish such as salmon on a regular basis.  Studies have shown that a daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce body inflammation.
  4. Drink water.  Your skin is like any other organ in your body in that it requires water to hydrate the cells and assist in the elimination of toxins. How much water is a common question and there is no exact answer that applies to everyone.  My general rule of thumb is that if your urine is colored at all you’re not drinking enough fluids.
  5. Recent studies also show that taking a coenzyme Q 10 supplement can improve energy level within cells including those of the skin.

If you stick to these basic guidelines, you will have many fewer skin issues and your skin overall will look healthier and younger.  What we put in our bodies truly affects how we appear on the outside.  Or more crudely put, garbage in, garbage out.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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