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Holistic Skincare

Imagine a life with clear skin and no itch.

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Our skin is important. It’s a physical representation of how we show up in the world, and dealing with skin problems quickly becomes not only a physical problem, but also a problem of mental health and self worth. 

 

Achieving truly healthy skin isn’t as simple as buying fancy creams and committing to invasive procedures. Skin conditions are multifactorial, and the root cause is not always easily identifiable. There are always multiple things to consider, and often many layers to get through when treating skin conditions. All of my treatment plans take this into consideration, and are customized, effective, and gentle.

 

Conditions I treat (not limited to):

  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

  • Topical Steroid Withdrawal

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Rosacea

  • Vitiligo

Beautiful skin starts within

Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Fast Facts

  • Eczema commonly starts with dry, itchy skin. The scratching is what turns it into the angry, red rash we’re so familiar with.

  • It’s most commonly found in the skin flexures – the elbow patches, knees, neck

  • It can affect all age groups, but it is most commonly diagnosed before 5 years of age and affects 10% - 20% of kids. About half will outgrow it before adulthood.

  • Diagnosis is primarily clinical and based on symptoms.

  • Atopic Dermatitis is the most common form and is part of the “atopic triad,” along with asthma and allergies.

  • Approximately 70 percent of patients have a positive family history of atopic diseases.

  • Most common triggers: food, stress, irritants, and environment

  • Incidence of eczema is increasing 2- to 3x in industrialized nations since the 1970s​

Some people who use topical steroids may develop a condition called topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). TSW is a severe, inflammatory skin condition that looks like eczema, but has distinct patterns and cycles. It can take anywhere from 1-5 years for this condition to burn itself out, for our skin to detox from the steroids, and our body to rebalance itself.

“Topical Steroid Addiction” describes a situation where the skin has lost its own ability to regulate inflammation. Over time, more and more creams will be needed to calm the skin, and if we try to stop, things often rebound and get way worse. Eventually, the steroids might stop working altogether, leading to a massive inflammatory rebound reaction.

For some, what they think is worsening eczema may actually be topical steroid withdrawal. They look very similar, and finding a healthcare practitioner familiar with the condition is important. 

Though they are similar, there are similar but very distinct differentiators. Once steroids have been completely removed, a cluster of very specific symptoms emerge, some of which are not directly related to the skin.

  • Skin flushing: bright red, resembling a sunburn

  • Visible and measurable flaking of skin – appears to be ‘snowing’

  • Oozing exudate

  • Skin cycling between oozing, swelling, burning, and flaking. (Cycles: may be months, weeks, days, hours.)

  • Red sleeves: (arms/legs become red and inflamed, sparing palms/soles)

  • Thermoregulation altered (feeling too cold or too hot)

  • ...and more

Topical Steroid Withdrawal

Treatment Approaches

Each person is unique, and each person will have different requirements and imbalances. A number of treatment options are available and may work in different combinations for different people.These will likely need to be adapted and customized for each person and changed throughout the process according to cycles and symptoms.

Work with me

​My patients receive custom lifestyle and treatment plans, functional lab interpretation, and individual nutrition, supplement, herbal,  pharmaceutical, and treatment recommendations.

Some of the modalities I use:

  • Diet and nutrition therapies

  • Herbal medicine

  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

  • Supplements, and orthomolecular medicine

  • UNDAs and biotherapeutic drainage

  • Light and phototherapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • IV therapy

  • Pharmaceuticals (if required)

  • LDN

  • Moisturizer withdrawal supervision
     

Click here to check out more about the tools in my toolbox

Online Program:

Foundational Reset for Eczema and Topical Steroid Withdrawal

Designed to empower you with the knowledge to support and rebalance your body from the inside out so you can clear your skin and show up to life. Learn More

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Location
Virtual for BC residents
Squamish

Coast Mountain Health

40383 Tantalus Rd Unit 2

Contact

604-245-3601

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