Skin Health

Dr. Alison Beach, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Clayton Bostock, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Faren Brogan, Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic Doctors treat a lot of skin conditions with the most common being acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives and rosacea. Typically most people think of treating such skin conditions with topical products like antibiotics skin Rfor acne, or cortisone cream for eczema and psoriasis.  Although topical products can help to minimize symptoms they do not seem to clear up the skin condition permanently, as skin conditions generally need to be treated from the inside out.  This means that we need to find the cause of the problem which for skin is usually hormone imbalance and/or digestive disorders leading to poor body detoxification.

Food allergies commonly cause skin conditions by impairing proper body detoxification.  This is because food allergies can cause inflammation of the gut.  Inflammation is the body’s protective mechanism to tissue injury in order to promote healing, but in the long term can cause more harm than benefit.  This is due to the fact that chronic gut inflammation impairs our ability to digest food and eliminate toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.  Therefore, the body starts to eliminate these toxins through the skin. Not only can food allergies cause skin issues, but they can also cause other symptoms such as  fatigue, joint pain, low immunity, behavior problems, depression, and weight gain to name a few.

Acne can not only be caused by food allergies but also by hormonal imbalance especially in the female body. The most common causes of acne are elevated testosterone levels, or estrogen dominance.  Estrogen dominance is a condition where the body is producing or being exposed to too much estrogen, or when there is not enough progesterone to balance out the estrogen. Such hormone imbalances can also lead to other symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fibrocystic breasts, PMS, light or heavy periods, irregular periods, infertility, low libido, inability to lose weight, and/or easy weight gain.

Dr. Beach, Dr. Bostock, and Dr. Brogan can help treat problematic skin by identifying the cause of the skin condition through thorough health history and laboratory testing such as salivary hormone panels, food allergy testing, and/or environmental allergy testing. The treatment plan is then individualized accordingly.