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Your skin reflects your liver

Not many of us relate the outer glow of our complexion to our liver health. Over many years I have come to understand the tremendous importance of our liver function to our appearance.

Your liver is the metabolic factory of your body, producing energy to sustain the thousands of functions performed every minute by all of your body’s cells.

Your hair follicles need energy to grow strong shiny hair and your skin cells require energy to eliminate toxins and repair and regenerate themselves. Your heart requires energy to pump blood efficiently to your skin to maintain collagen production and oxygenate the cells to protect them from aging.

If your liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently, they must be eliminated from your body by other means – in many cases they come out through your skin!

When excessive toxins build up in the deeper layers of the skin this causes inflammation to occur and this can manifest as:

  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
  • Brown liver spots which make you look older
  • Red itchy rashes anywhere in your body
  • Deep painful rashes which may lead to ulcers
  • Hives
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Acne rosacea – this causes small red pimples which affect the cheeks, the chin and area around the nose and small yellow heads may occur on the top of the pimples.

I have often found that worsening skin problems are a sign of liver dysfunction or of future liver problems on the horizon.

There are thousands of different types of skin problems and an accurate diagnosis often requires a consultation with a skin specialist or dermatologist. Sometimes it is very difficult to pinpoint why a patient has chronic skin problems and for this reason these problems can be difficult to treat effectively.

Most conventional treatments for skin problems use creams and/or drugs to suppress the rash or the underlying problem with the immune system; but in the long term these strong medications have side effects and that is why I prefer to look deeper and treat the cause (usually the liver and the immune system) with nutritional medicine.

It’s more logical and scientific to treat the deeper causes of these skin problems than it is to suppress the symptoms – don’t you agree?

If the skin is treated with strong steroid creams or antihistamine drugs to stop the rash, the toxins are suppressed deeper into the body and cannot escape through the skin; this may cause health problems to appear on a deeper level in the future.

Steroid creams should only be used intermittently for short periods of time. Long term use of steroid creams causes loss of collagen in the skin resulting in thinning and wrinkling of the skin.

Generally acne rosacea is treated with antibiotic drugs, which do not work very well and if used long term will make your liver unhealthy and possibly damage your liver seriously.
The vast majority of skin problems can be helped with a natural approach –

  • A good liver tonic such as Livatone Plus is vital to support the liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate.
  • Your liver has a high requirement for the antioxidants found in vegetables, particularly leafy greens. Antioxidants help to protect your liver cells from damage while they are detoxifying your bloodstream. The antioxidants in vegetables also help to protect your skin cells from free radicals, and therefore premature aging. Ideally you would consume one or two large vegetable salads each day. Some of the vegetables you consume should be raw. If you don’t always get the time to eat enough vegetables, the concentrated antioxidants in Superfood Greens can help to make up for the shortfall. This supplement has the added bonus of 2mg of astaxanthin, which helps to protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation.
  • Omega 3 supplements – either fish oil or vegan DHA.  Some chronic skin problems, such as very dry skin, dermatitis or psoriasis require large doses of fish oil – doses vary from  two to four capsules three times daily just before food. Fish oil does thin the blood, so please check with your doctor if you are taking blood thinning medication.
  • Selenium – this can be taken as Selenium Complete – one tablet daily or Selenomune capsules – one capsule daily. Selenium is a mineral that exerts anti-inflammatory effects in the body and is necessary for the production of the antioxidant glutathione.

These nutritional supplements can reduce inflammation in the skin and support the detoxification pathways in the liver.

Raw juices are another tool to clear the skin and I recommend you juice citrus, pear, carrot, kale, mint, basil, apple and cabbage. You can make a whole week’s supply of juice at one time and freeze it in glass jars with a lid on top immediately after making it. Don’t forget to leave space at the top of the jar as the juice will expand when it freezes! You need approximately 200mls or 7 ounces daily. Check out my Raw Juices Can Save Your Life book.

If you think your skin is aging too rapidly because of loss of collagen you should try Biocell Collagen capsules. Biocell Collagen is a patented type 11 collagen compound derived from soft chicken sternal cartilage which is the richest and purest source of type 1 collagen and the patented process makes it highly absorbable. The dose is one to two grams daily to exert its anti-aging effect and joint protective effects.

Other factors which may cause skin rashes and inflammation are food intolerance, particularly gluten intolerance. Gluten can worsen or trigger autoimmune diseases such as lupus which can then attack your skin. I have cured many skin problems just by putting my patients of a gluten free diet!

The other cause of skin rashes is imbalances in your nervous system and this is not surprising as during development of the human embryo, the skin is formed from the same stem cells as the nervous system. Thus you can expect that factors which upset your nervous system will manifest as skin problems.

Stress, unresolved emotional conflicts, suppression of emotions, lack of sleep or excess alcohol intake will overload your nervous system and may manifest as recurrent skin problems. Try to get more sleep and talk to friends and family to ease your burden. Magnesium supplements can help you to cope with stress and that’s why I call magnesium The Great Relaxer!

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

18 comments

  1. Hi,
    This article is very informative. I always have this belief that acne is genetics. Just to share, my family has very minimal to none acne problems (thank goodness). We have a history of liver and kidney problems too. My sisters and I have a very basic and inexpensive skin care regimen (cleanser, toner, moisturizer) and we barely watch what we eat. My friend, on the other hand, will always get breakouts no matter what she does. Same as true with her other sibs and even her parents. There are indeed a lot of things that may cause pimples, and we just have to know the cause before going for any treatments. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi,
    I’ve suffered from a poor skin completion most of life (now 35) and recently developed quite serious redness, inflammation and premature ageing that has sent me on the path to natural healing.
    I’ve been on the candida diet for almost 1 month which inmeadiatley saw a reduction of inflammation but has since not provided any further improvements.
    I remember on a few occasions when I was violently ill (due to either food posing or drinking to much alcohol) and vommiting bile the following day my complexion was healthy, less oily and a significant reduction of redness, this has got me to thinking that my liver may well be the cause of all of this.

    Any advice would be great, as I’m already folling a strict candida diet I’ve not eaten added sugar, fruit, alcohol for almost 1 month but would appreacite any further guidance on diet.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Andy,

      We recommend you also eliminate grains, processed food and takeaway meals.
      You don’t need to eliminate all fruit, just try stick to no more than two pieces of fruit a day.
      There is an excellent diet to follow in our free e-book on fatty liver: http://bit.ly/YouCanReverseAFattyLiver
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily, to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione, the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      Glutamine powder 1 tsp twice daily to help heal and seal the gut lining.
      MSM Plus Vitamin C powder 1/2 a tsp once or twice daily in juice before meals, as it is anti-ageing. MSM plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity and elasticity of connective and other tissues. It is an important component of proteins found throughout the body, such as in hair, skin, nails and tendons. Vitamin C is essential to immune system function.
      These supplements are available here: https://www.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. In the past few months I have developed a rash on my chin/jawline. I have never had an issue with acne or other skin problems… and in fact was always complimented on my skin. I am 42. The rash looks like pink areas not very raised but flaking. Sometimes it will itch. And sometimes itch with sun light. Is this a possible liver problem? I know when I go to a doctor they will just give a script and send me on my way but I want to heal from the inside!

    • Hi Min,

      Redness and itching are classic signs of inflammation. These symptoms can be caused by allergies or autoimmune disease or be due to an unhappy liver and/or leaky gut and SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
      You should pay attention to any foods that may be causing the reaction and work on improving liver and digestive function. The most inflammatory foods are sugar, gluten, wheat, cow’s milk, artificial additives, and any food you have any allergy or sensitivity to. Avoid these foods. It is best to base your diet on vegetables, salads, protein (for example eggs, poultry, seafood, meat), healthy fats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try to avoid processed foods and damaged fats.

      Dr Cabot recommends you take

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function, reduce liver inflammation and improve bile production.
      Glutamine one 5mL metric teaspoon once or twice daily in water or juice, to heal the lining of your intestines.
      Berberine 1 cap once or twice daily, to kill harmful gut microbes and a range of different pathogens.
      Floratone 10 one cap 1 to 2 times daily between meals or on an empty stomach, to restore beneficial gut microbes.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. Hi, just want to ask regarding my blood test showing that :

    SGOT/AST H 52
    SGPT / ALT H 138

    What should i do for the first step?

    • Hi James,

      These results are indicative of fatty liver disease.
      An ultrasound would confirm this.
      Fatty liver can be reversed with the correct diet and supplements that support liver function and repair liver cells.
      Dr Cabot’s book ‘Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It’ provides a complete eating plan with recipes.
      Eat less carbohydrate – including sugar, grains and other starchy foods, because the liver converts any excess carbohydrate into fat. Don’t drink too much alcohol.
      Eat more vegetables, protein and healthy fats.
      Drink raw vegetable juices 250 to 300mls 2 to 3 times a week. Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices can save your life’ has recipes for many different health conditions. Try the ‘Liver Cleanse’ or ‘Liver Tonic’ juices in the book.
      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking
      LivaTone Plus – 2 capsules twice a day to help repair damage to the liver and improve the liver’s ability to metabolise fat.
      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      MSM + Vitamin C – ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily in vegetable juice or water to reduce oxidation, inflammation and boost liver health.

      Fatty liver is never to be ignored, as it may lead to cirrhosis.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. Hi
    I took detox tea for 8 days and stopped it.now I got itchy skin without rash.what should I do?

    • Hi Anita,

      We recommend you stop having the detox tea and see if the itching goes away.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  6. I have a rash thats seems to be spresdin over past few months from .. my chest and shoulders.. its like pinky blemishes ..

    • Hi Ben,

      It’s hard to know what the cause is without further information.
      Is it a rash that is itchy or painful?
      Redness and itching are classic signs of inflammation. These symptoms can be caused by allergies or autoimmune disease or be due to an unhappy liver and / or leaky gut and SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
      Avoid the foods causing the reaction and work on improving liver and digestive function. The best place to start is with your diet. The most inflammatory foods are sugar, gluten, wheat, cow’s milk, artificial additives and any food you have an allergy or sensitivity to. Avoid these foods. It is best to base your diet on vegetables, salads, protein (for example eggs, poultry, seafood, meat), healthy fats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try to avoid processed foods and damaged fats.
      Livatone Plus 2 capsules twice daily will help improve liver function, reduce liver inflammation and improve bile production.
      Heal the lining of your intestines with a glutamine supplement, such as Glutamine .
      Kill harmful gut microbes. Berberine is an herbal extract with the ability to kill a range of different pathogens and is strongly recommended for anyone dealing with a parasitic gut infection or SIBO.
      Re-inoculate your intestines with beneficial microbes. A good quality probiotic is helpful, as is including fermented foods in your diet, such as sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  7. I wanted to ask,there are the brown spots coming out on my hand and my neck has also become darker.i feel shy wen i talk tp girls or boys.it is increasing day by day.wt to do dr tell me

    • Hi Abhijeet,

      Brown spots on the hands are often associated with increasing age.

      Darker pigmentation is often associated with poor sugar metabolism, please let us know if this may be the situation.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

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  9. when i eat junk or spicy food ,my skin become reddish.also small blisters are present inside the skin.plz recommend some advice.

    • Dear Faha,

      Redness and itching are classic signs of inflammation. These symptoms can be caused by allergies or autoimmune disease or be due to an unhappy liver and / or leaky gut and SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
      Avoid the foods causing the reaction and work on improving liver and digestive function. The best place to start is with your diet. The most inflammatory foods are sugar, gluten, wheat, cow’s milk, artificial additives and any food you have an allergy or sensitivity to. Avoid these foods. It is best to base your diet on vegetables, salads, protein (for example eggs, poultry, seafood, meat), healthy fats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try to avoid processed foods and damaged fats.
      Livatone Plus 2 capsules twice daily will help improve liver function, reduce liver inflammation and improve bile production.
      Heal the lining of your intestines with a glutamine supplement, such as Glutamine .
      Kill harmful gut microbes. Berberine is an herbal extract with the ability to kill a range of different pathogens and is strongly recommended for anyone dealing with a parasitic gut infection or SIBO.
      Re-inoculate your intestines with beneficial microbes. A good quality probiotic is helpful, as is including fermented foods in your diet, such as sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi.
      Dr Cabot’s book, Healing Autoimmune Disease offers a step by step approach to relieving the symptoms and healing the underlying causes of autoimmune conditions, including food lists and recipes.

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

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