Naturopathic Approach to Treating Dyspigmentation and Scarring in Skin of Color
dyspigmentation
by James J. Contestable, MD on
As we know, people of color are more apt to have problems with dyspigmentation and excessive scarring (keloid formation and hypertrophic scars).  We probably all use a combination approach for both of these: sun protection, peels, HQ, OTC skin lighteners, injections, lasers, energy-based devices, etc. These are common approaches, but what are the go-to’s for a naturopathic physician? You may ne …
A WHOLE-istic View to Managing Psoriasis in the Era of COVID-19
Managing Psoriasis in the Era of Covid-19
by Matthew Willett, MD, FAAD on
As part of the recent 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium, Dr. Jason Hawkes, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UC Davis, provided a fantastically comprehensive primer on the management of psoriasis in the COVID-19 era. Read on for important treatment recommendations and insights to improve your clinical practice! As an introduction, Dr. Hawkes emphasized that psoriasis remains a …
Botanical Medicine in Dermatology: Safety, Availability, and Evidence
botanical medicine in dermatology
by Mojgan Hosseinipour, DO on
The history of botanical medicine dates back to hundreds of thousands of years ago. The many beneficial properties of plants have recently been incorporated into pharmaceuticals. Reviewing the pathophysiology of certain skin diseases such as acne, we can understand how herbal medicine may be a beneficial adjunctive treatment. Specifically, pomegranate juice has the potential to attenuate oxidative …
Integrating the Dermatology Profession to Maximize Patient Options and Care
traditional Chinese medicine
by Matthew Willett, MD, FAAD on
To kick off the recent 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium, Drs. Peter Lio and Olivia Hsu Friedman, with the assistance of Ms. Kelly Barta, provided a fast-paced and comprehensive primer on how integrating conventional Western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other Eastern approaches can serve to maximize outcomes for patients. Read on for some important takeaways to integra …
Diet, Acne, and Alternative Therapies: What works and what hurts?
Acne and Diet
by Luke Josiah Maxfield, DO on
Let us set the tone. Dr. Vivian Shi makes it clear. The goal is not to remove or replace prescription medications completely and “go all-natural”. What we are trying to do is provide evidence-based data to complement conventional therapy. We want what people are doing, to work. The goal is to empower our patients to strategically find a diet toolbox that works for their particular skin type an …