Red Skin Patch

Skin rashes can be a frustrating and irritating issue with multifactorial causes. In Naturopathic medicine, the health of the liver and kidneys are always implicated with skin conditions.


  • Deficiencies in specific vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Betacarotene, Vitamin A, essential fatty acids and B Vitamins
  • Allergies (foods, chemicals, cosmetics, airbourne) or Candida
  • Side effects of medications
  • Other skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
  • Stress
  • Kidney conditions
  • Bowel parasites


  • Eat more zinc rich foods such as nuts, seeds, grains, oysters, red meats, parsley and pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Increase your intake of essential fatty acids by consuming more oily foods such as fish, nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, raw olive oil and avocados
  • Ensure that you are properly hydrated (at least 2 litres of water/ day). Water is the solution to pollution in the body as it allows more metabolic wastes to be removed from the body and filtered by the kidneys
  • Reduce acid forming foods and increase alkalising foods. An acidic environment in the body occurs due to eating too much sugar, dairy foods, wheat, alcohol, preservatives, processed and refined foods and not enough alkalising foods such as water, lemon juice, vegetable juices, miso soup, fresh fruits and vegetables and brown rice
  • Avoid heating foods which aggravate skin conditions such as spices, preservatives and processed foods


  • If you suspect that it may be caused by Candida and you are exhibiting other symptoms such as digestive bloating, constipation or you take the oral contraceptive pill
  • In Naturopathic Medicine any condition which results in skin inflammation or irritation then the liver needs to be addressed
  • Manage stress
  • Address fungal infections and digestive insufficiencies
  • Test for allergies which may be a causative factor
  • Address liver congestion which causes heat in the body and irritation to the skin
  • Please remember if you do decide to any of the above supplements it may take some time to notice any changes on the skin and increase nutritional status. There is a saying that explains this well and it says that healing takes place from within out. The skin is often the last place to see improvement


  • Check your Zinc levels; you can do this by enquiring at a health food store that performs Zinc tasting tests
  • You may use a topical cream to ease the irritation and help to promote healing. Some herbs which you may find to be beneficial are Lavender, Comfrey, Hypericum, Chickweed, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Calendula, Rose hip in a base of aqueous cream
  • Sea buckthorn oil which can be rubbed into the affected areas may help to promote healing while providing nourishing effects to the hair follicles
  • Liver cleansing herbs may help to reduce redness and irritation such as Red Clover, Cleavers, Burdock, St Marys Thistle and Bupleurum
  • Anti-puritic (anti-itch) herbs are Chamomile, Marshmallow, Chickweed, Oats, Aloe Vera, Nettle and Calendula
  • Specific nutrients for skin health are Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin C, Bioflavinoids, probiotics and antioxidants
  • Essential fatty acids are a very important component in our diet to reduce inflammation and irritation to the skin and also lubricate and moisturise the skin
  • Bioflavinoids may help to reduce inflammation and aggravation of the skin. Bioflavinoids are a cousin of the Vitamin C family and include rutin, quercetin and hesperidan
  • Homeopathics Sulphur, Psorinum and Arsenicum