What is natural skin care? [Part 6]


6a00e55255b462883401a73d90cd32970d-200wiWhen I practice Holistic Dermatology,
I work with my patient to find the solution to their skin condition. Natural skin care means that we are both working like detectives to identify the cause, and clear the patient by removing it.

But when the possible causes seem overwhelming, and my conventional dermatologist colleagues simply prescribe cortisone-derived creams, or more powerful immuno-suppressive, our practices differ greatly. And when this is repeated for weeks, months, or years, I strongly believe that the wiser course is to figure out what is likely to be causing the skin problem, and treat it with gentler, more natural means.

Just as different people react to different substances, they also tend to have different kinds of reactions once the “trigger” is pulled. One person may get redness and rapid overgrowth of the skin, leading to the thick plaques of psoriasis, and another my develop inflammation of the oil gland/hair follicle structures, leading to acne. More on this in part seven.

To your health,

Dr. Alan M. Dattner, MD
Holistic Dermatology

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As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to prevent, diagnose or treat illness; please see your physician for care.


What is natural skin care? [Part 5]

6a00e55255b462883401a3fcd5e03f970b-200wiThat we currently consume 140 lbs. of sugar, per person, per year in the U.S. is one glaring example of our population following the pleasure of their taste buds in their departure from homeostasis (or stability, or equilibrium). In my practice of natural care of the skin, I invite people to examine what their taste preferences may mean for their skin. Sugar is a major cause of inflammation. And inflammation is a major underlying cause of skin disease.

Where my fellow dermatologists use their knowledge of immunology, exposure, and industrial chemistry to identify which chemicals are causing a “contact dermatitis” (inflammation of the skin that occurs due to exposure to some form of irritant), so that they can remove the allergic substance from someone’s life to clear the problem, there is tremendous overlap between my holistic dermatology and conventional practice. More on this in part six.

To your health,

Dr. Alan M. Dattner, MD
Holistic Dermatology

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As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to prevent, diagnose or treat illness; please see your physician for care.