Skin Conditions

"Skin health is a reflection of your inner health."

Good skin really does come from within!

Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne are becoming increasingly common and can cause high levels of discomfort; affecting an individual’s general level of health, sleep quality, mood, energy and overall vitality. These skin conditions can feel difficult and stubborn to properly treat since conventional medical doctors and dermatologists prescribe topical and oral medications such as steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines, which only serve to suppress these external signs of dis-ease in the body and therefore the symptoms often reappear as the underlying cause has not been addressed.

 

In Naturopathic medicine, chronic skin conditions are viewed as an indication that there is a deeper imbalance within the body and therefore we seek to identify and treat the cause(s) of the underlying problem(s) in order to resolve the issue for good. The skin is a great barometer of internal imbalances that are being expressed externally on the skin, so addressing these imbalances will help to provide long-term resolution, along with improved overall health and wellness.

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Signs of skin conditions can vary, however they generally involve symptoms such as redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, itching, swelling, scaly skin, pigmentation issues and abnormal growths. As well as seeing the physical signs of a skin condition, it is also common for individuals to experience symptoms such as digestive problems, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, low immunity/frequent infections, low stress tolerance, poor circulation and allergies. Often the skin condition is just the external representation of the deeper, more systemic health issue or imbalance in the body.

The skin conditions I work with include:

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Hives

  • Shingles

  • Warts

  • Cold sores

  • Rosacea

  • Vitiligo

  • Impetigo

  • Tinea & other fungal skin infections such as candidiasis

Dietary Tips for Healthy Skin

How Naturopathy can help with Skin Complaints:

 

Since skin conditions are generally an indication that there is a deeper issue within the body, there are often a multitude of factors involved so it really is essential to adopt an holistic lifestyle approach to treatment.

Naturopathy uses a combination of dietary & lifestyle interventions, herbal medicine and nutritional supplementation to help resolve both the external symptoms and internal imbalances so that you can regain true health.

Our treatment approach will focus on identifying the underlying drivers of your skin complaints so that we can create a treatment plan that deals with the specific cause(s), as opposed to merely masking the symptoms as conventional medicine often does. Where relevant, we may utilise medical or functional pathology testing to help guide your prescription.

Since each person's circumstances and health status are different, the treatment protocol provided will be unique to each individual. Some of the common underlying causes of skin conditions that we will assess however include:

  • Nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin D, essential fatty acids, zinc

  • Food intolerances or sensitivities

  • Poor digestion

  • Hormonal imbalances, including oestrogen dominance & thyroid dysfunction

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Poor sleep

  • Stress levels or nervous system overload

  • Toxicity in the body, including heavy metal toxicity

  • Liver sluggishness or insufficiency

  • Infections or post-viral fatigue 

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