Naturopathic Skin Care
The condition of our skin can make a tremendous difference in how we perceive ourselves and has been linked to a profound impact on psychological health.
We at Regenerative Health work with patients to uncover the root cause of skin issues.
Utilizing a holistic, whole-person perspective means that the entirety of the individual will be addressed, not just the symptomatic area of concern. Some of the most common ways that we approach treating skin conditions include:
Support digestion and gut health
Most people have heard of the “mind-body connection” but what about the “gut-skin connection?” The gut and skin are uniquely related in structure and function, and share a common embryological developmental origin. There is scientific evidence that has confirmed the connection between the gut and skin. Multiple studies link gastrointestinal health to skin health, particularly for inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. We will take steps to assess, measure, and treat gut health as part of the approach to dermatological care.
The digestive tract is home to about 80% of the human immune system. Since the gut regularly interacts with bacteria, yeast, viruses, and other microbes from the external environment, the job of the digestive tract immune system is to help protect us from the onslaught of microbial invaders. Food allergies and food sensitivities can set off an inflammatory cascade that can manifest in the skin in the form of various breakouts and blemishes as well as inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema.
Mitigate inflammation pathways
Taking steps to minimize inflammatory activity in the body can be a key component in managing skin conditions.
Balancing detoxification pathways
There are multiple pathways by which the body eliminates waste and toxins. These organs and systems are known as emunctories, which include the liver, kidneys, GI tract, and the skin.
These organs of elimination must be functioning well in order to ensure proper detoxification of the body to keep up with the accumulation of toxins.
At Regenerative Health, we know how to encourage its proper and balanced function through a variety of methods that promote elimination of toxins and toxic metabolic byproducts.
Utilizing herbs and supplements
The internal and external use of nutrients can also be an important part of the management of skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Vitamins such as A, D, and E play crucial roles in skin health, integrity, and immune function.
Many minerals are also important for skin health. Deficiencies in zinc, copper, selenium, and iron may result in cutaneous abnormalities.
Herbs can also play a vital role in supporting skin health.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, totaling over 20 square feet. It protects us from the environment, including infectious agents, helps regulate body temperature through sweating and goosebumps, and has nerve endings that allow for the sensations of touch, vibration, heat, and cold.
We are now adding microneedling to overall skin health care.
Acupuncture has traditionally been used to help with pain and stress relief, but more people are now discovering its wrinkle reducing benefits as well.
Some prefer microneedling to more drastic treatments, such as Botox.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical, 25 minute procedure, that uses specialized acupuncture needles (thinner than a human hair) to stimulate collagen growth and move blood within the face. Treatments are painless and described as deeply relaxing.
Now Regenerative Health has added to the focus of traditional Cosmetic Acupuncture
After only 4 treatments, once per month, patients notice improvements that last for years.
According to a 2009 study, almost 100 percent of microneedling participants reported a noticeable difference and vast improvement in the appearance of their acne scars after a treatment.
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