The Lymphatic System and Your Skin
The Lymphatic System is vital for skin health but often overlooked in our clear skin plan.
The system clears out bacteria and toxins to create a clear pathway for hydration, nutrients and oxygen to be delivered to the cells.
If it is not functioning properly, your skin may suffer from acne, loss of elasticity, premature aging and other skin conditions.
What is the lymphatic system?
Around two litres of fluid move from our blood system into body tissues every day. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that collects these fluids.
The fluid is called lymph and carries viruses, bacteria, waste and toxins out of the body. It also carries white blood cells the key to fighting infection, diseases and illnesses.
The fluid travels to the lymph nodes (there’s about 600 in the body) which filters out the toxins so that it doesn’t spread to other areas of the body.
Have you ever had swollen glands? These are actually swollen Lymph nodes which are struggling to filter bacteria and viruses.
If lymph nodes remain swollen, hard and rubbery, and if there are other symptoms, you should see a doctor.
How does the Lymphatic System affect the skin?
When lymph isn’t moving properly, you may notice dull, dehydrated skin that lacks any kind of glow. Acne infections are also common.
The ability of the skin to remain hydrated and receive important nutrients relies heavily on the lymphatic system.
A sluggish system means lymph becomes thick with toxins which slows cell renewal and the repair needed for wound healing.
The tissue can become poisoned from its own waste, leading to acne and skin rashes such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Inflammation also affects the ability of the skin to replenish and renew.
How can I improve Lymphatic drainage?
The cardiovascular system uses the heart to pump your blood around your body. The lymphatic system does not have a pump and uses your own body’s movement.
- Exercise. The number one way to improve flow. Regular muscle contraction stimulates the movement of our lymphatic fluid. Exercise does not have to be strenuous, simply walking for 30 minutes has an amazing affect.
- Increase your Water Intake. Lymph fluid is primarily made of water so keeping your intake high is super important. Less water equals thicker, slower moving fluid and more toxins.
- Lymphatic massage is also a good option, as it offers techniques that contribute to healthy lymphatic drainage. Look for a massage therapist with specific qualifications in the technique.
- Lymphatic therapy (aka enzyme therapy) is our “go-to” skin treatment for anyone suffering with acne infection.
Lymphatic Enzyme Therapy involves a tightening mask to detoxify both the lymphatic and vascular system. Clearing away toxins and debris and bringing vital nutrients to our skin cells to make sure they work best.
When your lymphatic system is functioning well, you should notice clearer skin. It is simply amazing how connected the body and all its systems are.