Gut-Immune-Skin Axis: What Happens in the Gut Matters to the Skin
Gut-Immune-Skin AXIS
by Cula N. Dautriche, MD, PhD on
The gut-immune-skin axis describes how the gut microbiome communicates with the skin via complex interactions with the immune system to regulate local and systemic inflammation. Before attempting to delineate that relationship, we must first grasp a firm understanding of the gut ecosystem. The gut ecosystem is made up of the epithelial interface, which is characterized by the epithelial …
Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis with Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine Approach to Atopic Dermatitis
by James J. Contestable, MD on
We are constantly learning in dermatology.  With advents of new techniques, sometimes traditional methods can be forgotten or lost.  Chinese Herbal Medicine dates back thousands of years.  Just as we shouldn’t retire chemical peels in favor of a “laser-only” approach, maybe we shouldn’t give up on other traditional methods. During the 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium, Dr. Trevo …
Novel Therapeutics in Atopic Dermatitis
Novel Therapies Atopic Dermatitis
by Mojgan Hosseinipour, DO, FAAD on
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. The pathogenesis of AD is complex with many mediators involved and can be broken down into 4 categories: Immune dysregulation Abnormal skin barrier Abnormal itch/scratch cycle Abnormal skin microbiome In AD, there is a breakdown in molecular control of the immune system, leading to overproduction and expressi …
Prescribing Low-Dose Naltrexone for Skin Disease
Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for skin disease
by James J. Contestable, MD on
Have you prescribed low-dose Naltrexone for skin disease?  Not sure why it works? Not sure how best to use it, or how to prescribe it? Feel like you could use more information to help you more safely and effectively utilize this medication? I myself utilize this medication for itch but have had mixed success.  Enter Dr. Bodemer and her recent lecture. During the 2020 Integrative Dermatology S …
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 …