The skin is often a window into what’s going on in the body—including the immune system, which can regulate inflammation and affect the barrier function and microbiome of the skin.
“Recent research has highlighted that the immune system influences the types of microorganisms that live on your skin and affect your risk for disease,” says Keira Barr, M.D., holistic and board-certified dermatologist. “So when the immune system is weakened, it can show up on the skin as eczema; allergic reactions; poor wound healing; bacterial, fungal, and viral infections such as herpes—and, depending on how weak the immune system is, the area affected could be localized or widespread.”
Skin symptoms related to the immune system could be manifesting for a number of reasons. For example, a poor diet and stress, which can cause immunosuppression and make your skin more vulnerable to problems, says Barr.
Try this: Address these issues at the skin level and from within. Using gentle, unscented personal care products including cleansers and detergents, and keeping skin moisturized, can help support a healthy skin microbiome. Taking steps to reduce stress and improve your diet will also help support the immune system and boost the skin’s ability to be resilient.