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Functional Dermatology Approach

Functional Dermatology

Functional dermatology offers a revolutionary approach to skin care by focusing on the root causes of skin issues rather than merely treating symptoms. It recognizes the intricate connections between different body systems and how they impact the skin.

This comprehensive method utilizes advanced diagnostic tools such as gut testing, candida testing, and hormonal assessments to uncover the root causes of various skin conditions. By analyzing factors like gut health, microbial balance, and hormonal levels, functional dermatologists can develop highly personalized treatment plans.

These plans often incorporate natural supplements and herbal formulas that have been scientifically proven to support skin health and overall wellness. For example, probiotics and prebiotics can help restore gut health, while specific herbs can balance hormones and reduce inflammation. This whole-body approach not only aims to clear the skin but also enhances overall health and well-being.

At iLabMD we focus on functional approach to the following conditions:


For example, what are causes for Eczema based on the Functional Medicine approach?

Functional Dermatology approach offers:

  • Holistic View: Functional dermatology treats the patient as a whole, considering how various bodily systems interact and influence skin health.
  • Personalized Treatment: Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual’s specific triggers and health needs, leading to more effective and sustainable improvements.
  • Long-term Results: By addressing underlying causes rather than just symptoms, patients can achieve longer-lasting improvements in their skin conditions and overall well-being.

This comprehensive and personalized approach can significantly enhance the quality of life for patients suffering from chronic skin conditions.

We recommend scheduling a 15-min free discovery call to speak with Dr. Azizian first.

If you are ready to start your functional medicine journey for a long-standing skin issue, please go ahead and schedule 1-hour initial consultation.

For example, what are causes for Eczema based on the Functional Medicine approach?

For example, what are causes for Eczema based on the Functional Medicine approach?

From the functional medicine approach, eczema is understood to be a multifactorial condition with various underlying causes. Here are some key factors that functional medicine practitioners consider when addressing eczema:

1. Gut Health
  • Dysbiosis: An imbalance in the gut microbiome can lead to inflammation and immune system dysfunction, which can manifest as eczema.
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome: Increased intestinal permeability can allow toxins and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream, triggering immune responses that contribute to eczema.
2. Food Sensitivities and Allergies
  • Common Triggers: Foods such as dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, nuts, and certain fruits can trigger or exacerbate eczema in some individuals.
  • Elimination Diet: Identifying and removing specific food triggers through an elimination diet can often lead to significant improvements.
3. Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Essential Nutrients: Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and probiotics can impair skin health and immune function.
  • Dietary Support: Ensuring adequate intake of these nutrients through diet or supplementation can help manage eczema symptoms.
4. Environmental Factors
  • Allergens and Irritants: Exposure to environmental allergens (such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander) and irritants (such as harsh soaps, chemicals) can trigger eczema flare-ups.
  • Toxin Exposure: Heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental toxins can contribute to immune dysregulation and skin inflammation.
5. Immune System Dysregulation
  • Autoimmunity: Eczema can be linked to autoimmune processes where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.
  • Chronic Inflammation: Persistent inflammation due to various internal and external factors can lead to chronic skin issues like eczema.
6. Hormonal Imbalances
  • Stress Hormones: Elevated cortisol levels due to chronic stress can weaken the immune system and exacerbate eczema.
  • Thyroid Dysfunction: Thyroid imbalances can affect skin health and contribute to eczema symptoms.
7. Genetic Factors
  • Family History: A genetic predisposition to eczema and other atopic conditions (such as asthma and allergies) can increase susceptibility.
  • Gene-Environment Interaction: The expression of genetic predispositions can be influenced by environmental and lifestyle factors.
8. Psychological Stress
  • Mind-Body Connection: Psychological stress can trigger or worsen eczema through its effects on the immune system and inflammation.
  • Stress Management: Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and other stress-reducing practices can help manage eczema.
9. Skin Barrier Dysfunction
  • Impaired Barrier Function: A compromised skin barrier can allow irritants, allergens, and pathogens to penetrate the skin, leading to inflammation and eczema.
  • Moisturization and Repair: Using natural emollients and barrier repair creams can help restore the skin barrier function.

In conclusion, the functional medicine approach to eczema involves a comprehensive evaluation of these various factors to identify and address the root causes of the condition. By considering gut health, food sensitivities, nutritional status, environmental exposures, immune system function, hormonal balance, genetic predispositions, psychological stress, and skin barrier health, functional medicine aims to provide a holistic and personalized treatment plan for individuals suffering from eczema.

We recommend scheduling a 15-min free discovery call to speak with Dr. Azizian first.

If you are ready to start your functional medicine journey for a long-standing skin issue, please go ahead and schedule 1-hour initial consultation.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome can be a significant contributor to various health issues. Dr. Azizian provides effective treatment strategies to help restore your gut’s integrity and improve your quality of life. Get direct access to Dr. Azizian.
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Skin issues, including conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea, can be more than just a cosmetic concern. They often indicate an underlying health problem and can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. These conditions can be triggered by a variety of factors, including food sensitivities, environmental allergens, and imbalances in the gut microbiome1. Identifying these triggers is crucial to effective treatment and long-term management of skin conditions.
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