About Skin Conditions
Skin conditions today are becoming progressively more common and can be painful and frustrating. However, suffering from a skin condition can often cause much deeper issues like lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, interrupting good sleep quality, impacting energy and overall vitality.
All skin conditions have varying symptoms such as redness, inflammation, blisters, itching, swelling, scaly skin, pigmentation issues and abnormal growths.
Naturopathy for Skin Conditions
While treatments are available for your symptoms, they don’t affect the underlying reasons for why your skin is flaring up in the first place. These conventional treatments can involve suppressing the symptoms with drugs such as steroids, antibiotics and extreme retinoid-like drugs that also come with unwanted side effects. We recommend a Naturopathic approach based on healing the body from the inside out.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is a great reflection of internal imbalances that are being expressed externally on the skin, so tackling these imbalances will help provide long-term resolution, and improve overall health and wellness. This may include problems with your immune system, your detoxification pathways, your hormones, and or your digestive system.
While treatment for your skin condition symptoms is important it can only relieve the pain and discomfort along with repairing some of the surface damage. So it’s essential to address the underlying causes for the condition as well.
Depending on what skin issue you have, a range of testing may be used to identify underlying causes, including:
- Food sensitivity testing
- Immune testing
- Toxin testing
- GUT microbiome testing
- Hormone tests
- Hair tissue mineral analysis
- Inflammation markers
- and other general pathology testing
The most common Skin Conditions
> Cold sores
> Tinea and other fungal skin infections
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) has a strong genetic link causing red and itchy rashes as your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and protect itself from irritations is impaired. Children are most commonly affected by eczema, but it can be seen in adults too.
Some symptoms of eczema may include:
- Itchy, dry skin
- Red or grey skin patches
- Cracked, scaly, or thicker skin
- Raw or sensitive skin.
Although eczema can involve many parts of your body, it’s most commonly found on the neck, chest, hands and wrists, feet and ankles, eyelids, elbows, knees, and the scalp. Infants will often have it on their face.
Digestive issues are commonly seen as underlying reasons for eczema and should be addressed as part of a treatment plan.
Many patients will find doing an elimination diet that removes inflammatory foods to be very helpful and is at times one of the main sources of the problem. During this time a treatment plan can be established to help repair the damage done by these inflammatory foods and address any nutrient deficiencies.
Other treatments may include herbal medicine and lifestyle counselling.
Whatever the cause of your eczema is, the Naturopath will work to discover the root cause of your eczema and address the problem.
Acne it’s not just a pimple and most people have faced it at some point or another.
When you have acne, it can hurt and you can feel embarrassed, but you are not alone. It is caused by your skin’s sebaceous glands that over-secrete a substance called sebum. This sebum can plug your pores, which may cause blackheads or whiteheads and then can develop into cystic lumps below the surface of your skin.
Acne is one of the most challenging skin conditions we face as almost everyone has had to deal with it at some time in their life and the cause of it is not yet fully known. However, there are a number of known factors that can contribute to it. Just as with other skin conditions, acne has been linked with digestive issues.
Eating too many chocolates will not cause acne, however food intolerances and mild allergies have been seen to be associated with acne flare-ups. Eating tons of sugar will not cause acne but spikes in blood sugar can trigger acne. Nutrient deficiencies like omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, vitamins A, B3, and B5 have all been connected to Acne. Hormonal imbalances such as PCOS, Endometriosis, and even stress and anxiety, are known to trigger Acne. It can be difficult to treat at times, but relief can be felt by addressing some of the known factors first.