Naturopathic Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis Treatment

We commonly treat skin concerns at our Naturopath clinic. 

Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis are skin issues commonly seen and treated. 

Naturopathic Skin Management

We usually begin our skin work up with comprehensive hormone & food intolerance testing

Common Hormone Testing:  DHEA, Testosterone, Estradiol and Progesterone 

Common Food Testing: Food Allergy Testing or Food Sensitivity Testing. 

Our Naturopaths use state of the art DUTCH urinary hormone testing for aggressive acne cases to understand the full array of male hormones and their metabolites. For acne cases with a clear PMS component we use salivary hormone estradiol and progesterone testing which is more cost effective than urine testing.  

Food Allergy Testing is helpful in cases of hives and rashes. Whereas our Naturopathic doctors tend to use Food Sensitivity Testing in cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Top nutrients related to skin health are: Zinc & Vitamin A which our Naturopaths usually measure and supplement with in acne cases. High dose Vitamin A is extremely effective in difficult acne cases.  

 

 

Skin Management Options

Management options: 

Acne: Our Naturopaths often begin with hormone testing and food sensitivity testing.

In acne cases with a PMS component, we are usually adding estrogen modulating herbal treatments like indole-3-carbinol.

If the acne is steady througout the month our Naturopaths often consider either food sensitivity or androgens.

In cases with an androgen imbalance, improving sulfation pathways in the liver are helpful in addition to herbs like Saw Palmetto and Chinese Peony are important in addition to oral Zinc.  

Milk, Wheat, Citrus, Pork, Nuts, Tomatoes and Chocolate are common trigger foods for acne and are sometimes removed empirically if foods are suspected. 

More difficult cases we can use high dose Vitamin A for aggressive cystic acne - this needs to be medically monitored however.  

Eczema and Psoriasis: We always start with food sensitivity testing to uncover immunlogic triggers. Dairy, Gluten and Eggs are the most commonly found offenders in both eczema and psoriasis. Also, analysis of gut microbiome can be helpful in terms of understanding if there are microbial factors (bacteria & yeast) affecting your skin health. So your TruMed Naturopath might suggest CDSA stool testing to understand how your gut health is affecting your skin. Gut healing protocols are often emplyed especially in psoriasis.   

Dr. Sumar at our clinic offers electrodermal histamine analysis which can help understand disruptions in histamine breakdown pathways in both eczema and psoriasis. Our Naturopaths commonly find low iodine and copper in our Edmonton eczema and psoriasis patients.  

Lastly, both eczema and psoriasis can benefit from essential fatty acids being added to the diet for reducing itch, redness and rash severity. With additional Vitamin D and Curcumin being added for most of our Psoriasis patients.   

IV Glutathione

IV Therapy be used for skin health.

Typically IV Glutathione is utilized for skin conditions.

Patients are usually using Glutathione Injections for skin brightening and whitening. 

We offer a few different Gluathione formulas. 

Pure Glutathione is always administered however it can be paired with Vitamin C or additional nutrients for Glutathione cycling (Selenium, Zinc, Folate & others).

Please visit our IV Therapy page more information.

The skin brightening properties of Glutathione seem to be related to its stimulation of lighter "pheomelanin" rather than the typically darker "eumelanin."

Our Naturopaths usually suggest 1-2 IV Treatments weekly for 4-8 weeks to assess the impact of IV Glutathione on your skin health.

We often recommend oral adjuncts such as Liposomal glutathione in between IV sessions.