Claudia Ehle is a natural beautician and naturopath in private practice in Germany. She specializes in skin and nutrition.
Through her work in different areas of the cosmetic industry and health food stores, as well as through her position as a leading beautician in a dermatological practice and in her own naturopathic practice, Ehle has experience with assessing various skin diseases. Her research on nutrition, medicine, and naturopath and her own personal childhood experience as a neurodermatitis child connects her with the impressions of her patients.
Her first German book titled "Hautsache Gesund!" was her entry as a writer. She writes for various magazines and articles on the topics of health, skin, and skincare.
I imagine the world as a place
of the respectful treatment of nature where
everything can thrive.
But as long as profit and profit-seeking behavior are our
highest goals in society
health is difficult and challenging for the individual to receive.
Acne - a disease of various causes
Causes and origins
The medical treatment options
Hormones and nutrition
Proprionibacterium acnes and Demodex mites
Cellulose Disease (Fibrous disease or Morgellons)
Rosacea - a rapidly increasing disease
My experiences with cellulose disease (fibrous disease/ Morgellons)
Information about the evaluation of my research
List of some food grade, cosmetically and pharmaceutically used cellulose forms including their properties
My general advice on the behavior
My special options for physical cleansing
Experience with perioral dermatitis
My thoughts on atopic dermatitis, allergies and sensitive skin
Thoughts on the sun and sun protection
More than five years have passed since the publication of my book "Hautsache Gesund!" Many people were encouraged to rethink and replace many conventionally produced and questionable care products with natural cosmetics. For others, it has had a polarizing effect. This was also intended because it is particularly important in today's profit-oriented time to draw attention to grievances and denounce them. Without information and reconsideration, nothing will change in society. A change in our mentality, but also in our consumption behavior, is urgently needed to maintain our health and protect nature.
Unfortunately, the cosmetics industry is still working with tricks like "greenwashing"; this means that you can go with an explanation of a product, using a label such as "paraffin-free", to convey that this is a natural product. However, on the contrary, products may be silently, quietly, and secretly mixed with other variants of questionable ingredients. Of course, this information is misappropriated.
For example, in recent years, many manufacturers have switched to components such as silicone or microplastics due to the bad reputation of paraffins (mineral oils) in cosmetics products; so to speak, driving out the devil with the Beelzebub. Whether these measures have contributed in the least to our advantage, I dare to doubt. Such tricks are only for the good image of companies that benefit from this tactic as well as benefit from the good faith and ignorance of consumers.
Above all, this guide should help those affected and show them ways to deal with the problems of their skin.
I recommend that readers read all of the chapters on skin diseases, as there are parallels to the other skin problems in each chapter on a skin condition. There are also valuable cross-thematic tips on how to approach and improve the appearance of the skin and physical well-being.
Have fun reading and many useful insights and best wishes, Claudia Ehle!
Some readers may wonder why this book is now in its second edition. I would like to comment briefly on this:
In medically oriented areas, more and more recent findings change important aspects within a very short time
My assumption about the development of the following diseases has now been confirmed by an evaluation. I did not want to deprive my readers of the results
By further research I have found better ways of at least partially removing the substances listed below from the body and the skin; Also, I did not want to leave the reader and the reader unaware of this
Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry and cosmetics companies are still working with many tricks. Long overdue changes in preparations are skillfully bypassed and consumers are led around by imaginative advertising strategies. Also, the food industry has always new ideas on how to make food cheaper and visually beautiful, to improve sales and optimize the profit.
Mostly these methods are to the detriment of us all; they are cheap and more life-destroying than life-giving. Concern for habitat or living beings is secondary, the main focus is on profit.
Inspired by the work in my practice, but also by my own concerns in some respects, I would now like to tell you about my findings.
General information about acne, impure skin, and healthy and meaningful skincare:
I would like to mention in advance, particularly with the introduction to the condition of acne, that in my practice I encounter patients who are exposed to extreme suffering. Acne is a disease that requires tremendous consistency on the part of the patient in terms of care, regular visitation of a good beautician, and abstinence from certain foods. In addition, a certain psycho-hygiene is significantly important for the restoration of health. This fact is sometimes bypassed by sufferers, they behave as if the cure of the disease was something that should be done from the outside, preferably by a tablet, which one takes without having to make their own contribution. Fundamentally, it is important to realize that the responsibility for improving and curing the disease lies solely in your own hands. The consequences of inconsistent adherence to skincare, treatment rhythms, and diet is that the desired success will not be achieved in the long run. Treatment requires absolute consistency and conscientiousness.
Depending on the situation, a more or less strong, unclean skin can develop into acne, depending on the situation, with young men suffering more often from the heavier forms of acne than young women. Scratching and squeezing can lead to scarring, so it is always best to avoid constantly picking the face and manipulating the impurities on the skin. When touching the face, dirt and bacteria are further introduced into the skin, making the situation unnecessarily worse.
From a psychological point of view, it would be important to ignore the skin in its condition as much as possible, to keep its inner peace and to provide relaxation. The more one gets into his "bad skin", the worse her condition will be.
Special attention must be given especially to the cleansing of the skin in order to reduce the proliferation of pro-inflammatory bacteria and thus the foci of infection. This does not mean that we should scrub the skin squeaky clean with all means at our disposal, on the contrary. Although the skin should be cleaned, especially from the daily dirt and possibly the make-up residue, the hydro-lipid film with all its components, as fatty acids and moisture components, should be preserved as much as possible, as it is significantly important for the protection and functioning of our skin. Most people with impure skin, on the other hand, wash and cleanse their face until the horny layer has burst. This means that this defensive layer is significantly weakened and permeable to the outside with each cleaning process.
As we have known for a while now, there are many forms of bacteria in our intestines that are responsible for the environment, digestion and absorption of our nutrients, but also for the function of our immune system. If this variety of bacterial flora is reduced, for example, by taking antibiotics, or from birth by an Cesarean birth, a variety of problems in the digestive system can result, which in turn has many effects on the entire system of our body. Therefore, after the administration of antibiotics, it is also recommended to take pre- and probiotic preparations for the recovery of this significant bacterial variety in order to support the development of the damaged microflora again.
Our skin is very similar. Here we speak of a resident bacterial flora that colonizes our skin in the normal state without the skin getting ill. On the contrary. These resident bacteria, acting as wildcards, ensure that pathogenic bacteria cannot be spread further. This is partly due to the secretion of bacteria-specific antibodies to keep other bacteria, who want to dispute their place, at a distance.
The resident bacterial flora, mostly consisting of Staphylococci, Corynebacteria, Brevibacterium Epidermis and Proprionibacteria, need to survive a certain climate or environment on our skin. These bacteria live on lipids, cholesterol, and fatty acids, which is secreted by the skin itself and contributes to the formation of the hydrolipidic film. The implications of changes within this system are immediately apparent, given the composition of most conventional creams. These sometimes consist of paraffins (mineral oil), but usually even worse from silicone oils or at worst microplastics. Our own bacteria do not like these artificially produced fats and do not feel very well in an environment that is characterized by these foreign fats, but also by synthetic fragrances, dyes, and of course preservatives. This is partly explained by the fact that the preservatives in conventional creams are supposed to ensure that the bacteria cannot multiply in the creams and that the product can be stored on the shelf for as long as possible.