How can Melissa help with skin conditions?
Many people suffering from skin conditions such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis believe there are only limited options to improving their skin.
Some common things a person with acne may be suggested include antibiotic tablets and creams, taking oral contraceptives to control it (for females), or being prescribed Roaccutane or similar by your dermatologist.
Eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis treatments from your doctor will usually include corticosteroid creams to control it, but long term offers little solution and even come with their unwanted side effects if relied on for a long period of time.
Skin conditions usually arise if there is an internal imbalance in the body. Our bodies like to give us subtle signs when things are not in perfect order.
Sometimes conventional treatments still fail to result in improvement. This is because these treatments often do not target the underlying cause of skin conditions; secondly, skin conditions vary from person to person, so a one-size-fits-all treatment is often not 100% effective. This is where the holistic persepctive of a naturopath can help.
Even when topical creams, retinoids and antibiotics are found effective, this is not treating the underlying cause, and many people experience ‘relapses’ and unfortunately it does not usually result in a long term solution.
Some of the factors that can cause and exacerbate skin conditions include:
➞ Hormonal imbalances
➞ Gut / digestive issues
➞ Food allergies or intolerances
➞ Emotional stress
➞ Nutritional deficiencies
What might be involved in identifying the cause(s) of a skin condition?
Often, both adolescent and adult skin conditions are treated in a similar way. Identifying the underlying cause can be determined via clues from taking an extensive personal history, and with the help of other traditional methods such as iridology. Functional pathology testing can also prove extremely helpful in determining the underlying cause. A combination of these may be used depending on the person.
Helpful tests include salivary hormone testing, general blood test pathology, liver function and detoxification profiles, CSA (Comprehensive Stool Analysis), or food intolerance testing.
How long will it take to see results?
It can be hard to determine when a person will start to see results and will depend on the cause and frequency of visits to follow up on progress.
Most will begin to see results from approximately 5 weeks, and will typically continue to see improvements for up to 12 months, but this depends on the individual.