What is the purpose of the skin barrier?
The skin is one of the largest organs of detoxification in the body. It is also responsible for immunity, protecting us pathogens and foreign substances, and regulating temperature. The skin has natural bacteria that live on it to help balance the pH and prevent bad bacteria from overgrowing. When we have inflammation, open wounds, flaking & quick skin turnover, this barrier is compromised.
What are common Skin conditions?
Unhealthy skin can show up in different ways. Most skin conditions are correlated to poor microbiome (gut flora), parasites, poor environment, hormonal dis-regulation and sometimes food sensitivities (although I find this is commonly a contributing factor, rather than the root cause).
Common skin conditions include:
Acne: characterized by the presence of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes cysts or nodules.
Eczema (Dermatitis): causes redness, itching, and inflammation. The most common type is atopic dermatitis, which often appears as dry, itchy patches on the skin.
Psoriasis: a chronic autoimmune condition that leads to the rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in thick, red, scaly patches on the skin.
Rosacea: causes redness and visible blood vessels on the face, along with pimple-like bumps and skin thickening. It often affects the central face, including the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
Contact Dermatitis: an allergic or irritant reaction that occurs when the skin comes into contact with substances that trigger inflammation, such as certain cosmetics, soaps, or plants like poison ivy.
Hives (Urticaria): red, itchy welts that appear on the skin, often as a result of an allergic reaction to food, medication, or other triggers.
What testing is used for Skin?
Common testing I use is a GI Stool test which can tell us the composition of your microbiome, parasites, bacteria or viral overgrowth. I also use an Organic acids test (OAT test) to tell us about fungal overgrowth. An IgG food test may be needed to address food issues.
How I approach Skin Conditions...
Skin issues are treated by addressing at the WHOLE system. First we test to analyze your body chemistry. There is a strong focus on microbiome health. I don't like restrictive diets because they are not sustainable long term, however short term changes may be needed to help the body reset. We also address the pH of the skin by using botanicals and addressing daily habits.
I will use Traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis to understand your constition and regulate any period/hormonal dis-regulation. Other modalities such as acupuncture/homeopathy help the body reboot the immune system and allow for organ system balance. I also help you learn how to rewire your inner monologue and beliefs using hypnotherapy, breathing, and cognitive restructuring.