Naturopathic Dermatology is a Hot Topic

Posted on May 17, 2013

This week has gone by so quickly and with it has come a lot of stress of getting organized for clinic. I notice my face breaking out like a teenager – yuck! Yes, even naturopaths-in-training, with their super-clean diets get pimples.

Luckily on Monday we had a lecture with dermatology expert Dr. Adam Gratton, ND. He also happens to be my supervisor on Thursday afternoons.

Monday’s lecture covered lots of interesting subjects like atopic dermatitis, fungal skin infections & psoriasis. There are so many naturopathic approaches to these health concerns. Here are a few of the most basic options to try at home.

  1. Change your Pillowcase Nightly. This may seem excessive, but changing your pillowcase nightly means you aren’t exposed to last night’s oils. This is especially helpful for individuals suffering from acne.
  2. Keep Moisture In. Washing your face on a regular basis with stripping cleansers can be particularly damaging. Cleansers such as Cetaphil will hold moisture in, while also improving skin’s barrier function.
  3. Consider a Hypoallergenic Diet. This dietary adjustment is helpful for a number of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. It involves the removal of a wide range of testy foods like red meat, bananas, and gluten products. It can be complicated so work with a professional to get it right.
  4. Get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is extremely important for skin health. Best of all you get it from skin exposure to the sun – just not too much that is. You can learn more here. Concerned about your Vitamin D levels? I can check them for you.
  5. Choose pH Neutral. Select detergents that are gentle on your skin like these from Mrs. Meyer’s. You can also choose gentle body cleansers like those from Ferlow Botanicals, which I was introduced to by Dr. Gratton on Monday.

When it comes to skin, we are all willing to do whatever it takes to put our best face forward, but this doesn’t always means resorting to harsh chemicals. Take the gentle root to clean & clear.

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