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Naturopathic Dermatology

A Natural Approach to Treating Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis

Most of us know that our skin is the largest organ in our body yet we still often separate our skin disorders from the rest of our system. Besides being the interface between us and the environment, our skin protects our internal organs, regulates heat, synthesizes vitamin D, regulates the absorption of environmental gases and excretes metabolic waste products and toxins.
 
Langerhans cells, which are often more noted for being present in our pathogen-fighting lymph nodes, are also found in the skin, making it a part of our adaptive immune system. No wonder we notice how our skin takes an instant hit if we are not taking care of ourselves!
 
Signs of distressed skin include:
These symptoms are clues that something deeper is happening. Instead of being frustrated, take these as signs that more focus and awareness has to be made to your overall well-being.

Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects teenagers and adults.
 
Conventional treatments usually consist of antibiotics, prescription medications and topical treatments, but you will find that your acne stubbornly returns when the prescriptions are discontinued. There are many organ system disruptions that may affect your acne such as a hormonal imbalances, digestive conditions, stress, dehydration, use of certain skincare and cosmetic products and even certain food allergies and sensitivities.
 
Skin is your body's largest organ and has the important role of functioning as your first line of defense against environmental insults, and can also reveal important messages about your internal health. Dr. Lim-Trotter can help you determine what may be causing your acne so that you can help rebalance your skin to a better state of health, rather than just coping with symptoms.

Eczema

Anyone that has experienced eczema can agree how stubborn and persistent it can be.
 
Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that may be caused by a combination of factors. Typically eczema is treated with hydrocortisone creams. Predictably, you will see your eczema initially respond positively by decreasing in inflammation but then it reaches a plateau or returns once the application of the hydrocortisone cream is ceased. Other topical preparations, including natural ointments and creams, will definitely soothe your eczema, but will not offer a permanent cure.
 
Eczema is a sign that your body is trying to cope with an aggravating stressor. Whether it is food or environmental allergies, nutritional deficiencies, immune deficiency or elimination imbalances, eczema is a warning message that something internally needs to be addressed. There is also a large psychosomatic component to eczema, which means that your stress levels and emotional state should also be explored.
 
Naturopathic Doctors can help you to explore the multitude of factors that may be causing and exacerbating your eczema so that you can start to treat your eczema instead of temporarily suppressing the symptoms.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where the immune system sends out excessive signals to speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. This increase in cell turnover causes a rapid build up of irritated red and silver, dry, thickened skin. This occurs because the cell growth cycle has increased to the point where it has surpassed the rate of natural skin sloughing. 
 
Since psoriasis is an immune condition, it is important to regulate your immune system instead of solely relying on topical applications of creams and ointments.
 
Psoriasis can be very mild, affecting only a few patches on your skin or it can be quite severe, even disfiguring. Up to thirty percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis so it is critical for early recognition and treatment to prevent trauma and pain to the joints.