Choosing an Integrative Dermatology Practitioner.
Why would it suit me?
Integrative Dermatology (ID) is a health profession concerned with whole person health care, with a focus on treating both the symptoms and underlying triggers of chronic skin conditions. Integrated Dermatology treatments combine the best of both conventional and evidence-based natural medicines, treating from the inside and the outside. Integrative Dermatology celebrates the important relationship between practitioner and patient, ensuring a positive experience and the best outcomes for your skin.
Visiting the Integrative Dermatology Practitioner
Your Integrative Dermatology Practitioner will need a longer consultation with you to address your skin concern. The extra time is needed to listen to your story about your skin, your concerns, and for you to gain a deeper understanding of your condition and how it affects your overall health. The longer consult is also needed for the practitioner to assess Comorbidities. These are conditions which are often associated with chronic skin conditions and need to be addressed if your treatment is to be successful. This Whole Body Approach is one of the hallmarks of Integrative Dermatology, where not only the skin but the whole person is considered to shape your treatment plan.
During the consultation, your practitioner will make a detailed assessment of your skin health and identify the triggers which drive your skin condition. Based on this information, you will be provided with a customized treatment plan, which addresses both the symptoms and triggers of your condition.
Education forms an important focus in Integrative Dermatology and helps to empower you to make the necessary changes to better manage your skin condition and any associated comorbidities which may affect your health, or which you may be at risk for.
The result of seeing an integrative dermatology practitioner is a long-term benefit to your overall health, and an effective way to manage your chronic skin condition.
A Holistic Approach
There are many ways to help manage a chronic skin condition beyond the conventional medicine approach. For example, the relationship between psoriasis and diet and lifestyle is clear. Moderate changes to your daily routine can make a significant difference in the health of your skin.
factors to consider for example are stress levels and effective stress
management, body weight, and comorbidities or health conditions associated with
your skin condition.
Despite many patients being told that diet has nothing to do with their condition, the latest science says otherwise. For example, the link between psoriasis and metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes has led researchers to investigate the benefits of various dietary protocols. Those shown to benefit psoriasis typically have a high vegetable and fruit content, are rich in polyunsaturated Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants and are low in calories. Some examples include;
- Mediterranean style diet
- Vegetarian diet
- Gluten Free diets (particularly in those gluten sensitive)
- Intermittent fasting
- Ketogenic diets
Your practitioner will guide you regarding nutrition and lifestyle adjustments which apply to your specific skin condition.
Senior Practitioner- Phillip Bayer- Psoriasis Eczema Clinic