Skin conditions are tough to live with. Rather than use strong pharmaceuticals, doctors at Treasure Valley Family Medicine advocate for natural treatment of skin issues for long term relief.
A skin condition defined by rough, overly dry, inflamed and itchy patches of skin,Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis (AD).Patches occur on the scalp, cheeks, elbow/knee creases, ankles or wrists.
The specific cause of eczema is not clearly defined, but symptoms can flare up due to exposure to irritants, allergens, microbes, food, hormonal factors, and temperature changes and stress.
If not treated, eczema can pave way for more skin infections and rash thickening (known as lichenification). Various types of eczema exist, the most common conditions being:
- Seborrheic Eczema: Characterized by yellow oily and scaly patches on the face and scalp.
- Nummular Eczema: Formation of circular patches of irritated, crusty and itchy skin.
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis: A skin reaction after contact with allergens/irritants.
- Dyshidrotic Eczema: Irritated or blistered skin on the palms and foot sole.
Natural remedies include using vegetable shortening, olive oil and aloe vera gel on the inflamed skin, and consuming a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and eschewing gluten products.
Acne affects around 80% of young adults and adolescents worldwide. It is characterized by red pimples and skin inflammation due tobacteria and over production of oil glands and sebum. Physical signs of acne include blackheads, nodules, whiteheads, cysts, papules and pustules.
Acne causes are also attributed to hormonal changes, menstruation, greasy topicals, emotional stress and side effects of various medications.
The most common types of acne are:
- Acne Vulgaris: Blackheads, white heads and breakouts on the face, back, chest and shoulders.
- Cystic Acne: Characterized by the presence of painful pus filled lesions.
- Moderate Acne: Presence of multiple whiteheads, inflamed bumps and blackheads.
- Acne Mechanica (Sports Induced Acne): Inflammation caused by friction, heat and pressure
- Acne Conglobata: Severe acne appearing on the torso and buttocks.
Natural treatments may include using apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil or other topical antiseptics, and increasing oral intake of vitamin C and detoxing ingredients
Hyperpigmentation occurs when patches of skin become darker than the surrounding area. It usually occurs due to over production of melanin in some areas.
Causes of Hyperpigmentation can also be attributed to sun exposure, hormonal changes, skin trauma or lupus. The most common types of Hyperpigmentation are:
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Treating Hyperpigmentation naturally involves the use of skin brightening and color correcting produce like turmeric, citrus fruits and starchy vegetables. Increasing intake of lycopene and carotenoid foods (leafy greens and red produce) also make skin more resilient to environmental causes of discoloration.
Seeing a Dermatologist
When natural remedies aren’t enough, it’s a good idea to seekprofessional guidance. Look for family doctors who also provide dermatology treatments near your area. Clinics like Treasure Valley Family Medicinein Meridian, ID are available to help when home & natural remedies don’t seem to be enough.