Dry skin is a condition in which your body fails to produce enough oils for proper hydration. It may be due to living in a dry climate, aging, or medical issues.
Dry skin can often be treated at home with moisturizers and other hydrating products, but in some cases people may require prescription-strength solutions.
Functional medicine can assist with dry skin by treating the underlying cause, such as blood sugar issues that lead to insulin resistance or low oxygen saturation in the body. Treatments may include diet changes to increase essential nutrients like vitamin A, C and E, zinc and healthy fats for skin health.
Dry skin can also be caused by certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease or kidney disease. When these diseases exist, the kidneys are unable to filter out extra waste and fluid that leads to dryness of the skin.
Some medications, such as those for high blood pressure and cholesterol, and treatments for allergies or acne. Furthermore, retinol skincare products may dry out your skin further.
Chronic or severe conditions like psoriasis or eczema can also cause dry skin. It’s essential to consult a dermatologist about your dry skin symptoms so they can accurately diagnose the issue and provide treatments.
A doctor will inspect your skin and take a history to help diagnose the cause of dry skin. They may use tests to rule out other health issues that could be contributing factors.
Another cause of dry skin can be medical treatments like cancer treatment and dialysis. During these procedures, people often lose large amounts of water through their urine.
Dialysis patients may need to reduce the amount of fluid they drink, which can further dry out their skin. Furthermore, those with cancer or other forms of treatment should add more foods that provide essential nutrients and healthy fats into their diet.
A functional medicine doctor can evaluate the cause of your dry skin and collaborate with you on a holistic treatment plan that addresses its underlying issues, making symptoms disappear. This type of approach involves genetic data, advanced diagnostic testing, nutritional medicines and lifestyle modifications to get to the core problem so that optimal health can be achieved.
To effectively treat eczema, it’s best to limit exposure to irritating elements and allergens in your life while using topical creams, ointments and steroid medications when flare-ups occur. Additionally, applying moisturizers regularly between these episodes of eczema also plays a significant role.
Functional medicine practitioners can help reduce inflammation and heal your skin by pinpointing the underlying causes of your condition. By correcting these imbalances, eczema will not flare up again and you won’t have to deal with it in the future.
One of the first steps we take is to determine if you have any underlying food sensitivities or allergies to foods you may be eating. If so, we will need to avoid those items until your body has healed sufficiently for them to be tolerated without experiencing symptoms.
Skin cancer is an unfortunately common and often recurrent skin disorder that can have significant physical, emotional and social repercussions. It negatively impacts a person’s self-worth, confidence and quality of life; additionally it may lead to depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues.
There are various treatments available for acne. Most of them address the underlying causes of skin inflammation and infection that cause breakouts. Possible treatments may include topical and oral medications, diet/lifestyle changes, as well as skin care products with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or retinoids.
The functional medicine approach to acne involves getting at the source of the issue by addressing digestion, hormones, detoxification and immune function. By identifying and correcting these underlying problems you will experience long-lasting relief from acne.
A certified functional medicine physician will examine your history and test results to develop a holistic approach to treating acne. Our mission is to heal both body and mind through our comprehensive “Deeper Than Skin” program that addresses your acne from an integrative medicine perspective and guides you through the healing process both physically and emotionally.
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