The skin is the largest organ of the body and if not seen as part of the overall health and wellness of the patient, important parts of a person’s health maybe overlooked. At its core, integrative dermatology means seeing the skin as part of that greater whole which comprises our bodies, and not just as an isolated organ – both affecting and being affected by the perturbations of internal health. Integrative dermatology combines the best of conventional dermatology as well as emphasizing issues of nutrition, life style, environmental and hormonal imbalances.
For the patient whose skin condition is resistant to conventional therapies, or for the patient who prefers to limit exposure to pharmaceuticals, integrative dermatology uses a diagnostic and treatment system based on the principles of Functional Medicine and can offer an alternative focusing on the unique biology of each patient.
“Functional Medicine is a science-based healthcare approach that assesses and treats underlying causes of illness through individually tailored therapies to restore health and improve function.”
Integrative medicine can be applied to many skin diseases. Examples include acne, skin rashes, hair loss, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, itching and many others. Many hormonal imbalances and internal inflammatory states can cause or at the very least contribute to these skin problems. In summary, integrative dermatology looks at many skin diseases as overall health issues - this is where the difference in approach comes in. The Doctors Farah with their unique combination of excellent dermatologic training, advanced compounding skills, and their use of Functional Medicine principles can offer an alternative when appropriate.