One of the most frustrating things when suffering from a skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can be the difficulty in finding a cream to use that actually settles down itching and flares. While steroid creams are the most effective at quickly reducing these symptoms in the short-term, I find that many people I see in my clinic don’t feel comfortable using these on an ongoing basis – particularly when it is a child that is suffering from these outbreaks. And this is no small consideration – steroid creams aren’t designed to be used long-term, and side effects of using these medications too often can include skin thinning and poor healing, and they also have the potential to mess around with your adrenal gland function, your blood sugar balance (diabetes risk) and even your eye health.1 At best they provide a temporary solution to what is a long-term issue that involves not just the skin but the whole body.
Getting The Best Of Both Worlds
The naturopathic approach to skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis involves working both from the inside-out and the outside-in. And while we do the work on the inside stuff (such as addressing gut health, supporting immune system balance and providing nutrients such as zinc that aid skin repair), we also have the opportunity to help the outside too.
Bespoke Creams For Symptom Relief And Healing
My herbal creams are part of this approach, and are made to be individualized to each person’s particular case, similar to how my liquid herbal blends are created. After all, no two people are exactly the same, and one of the cornerstones of naturopathic medicine is to treat the person, not the condition. This means that each blend is made fresh and using the herbs and nutrients that best match the needs of the patient in that moment.
I use all-natural ingredients, including vitamin E base cream, herbal extracts (such as chamomile to help soothe the skin, or chickweed to reduce itching), and may also include hypo-allergenic aloe extract, and/or essential oils such as tea tree.
The ingredients for a cream for a patient suffering extensive psoriasis.
Mixing and blending herbal extracts into the cream.