Inside and out – a vital approach to chronic skin conditions


Having a chronic skin condition might sound like nothing more than a cosmetic issue, but if you’ve ever suffered from skin issues, you know their effects are anything but superficial. Skin problems can be heartbreaking, and they affect every aspect of your health.

Worst of all, chronic skin conditions rob you of so much…

  • Itching, burning, and other unpleasant sensations rob you of sleep and peace of mind.
  • Visible changes to your skin rob of your confidence.
  • Avoiding foods that might trigger a flare rob you of the joy of eating what you want.
  • Avoiding environmental triggers can rob you of the ease of not worrying if a common product will cause a flare up.

Conventional treatment options aren’t very encouraging.

We have antihistamines (basically ineffective), topical steroids (thin your skin over time), immunosuppressants (expensive, and with potential side effects that include cancer). And that’s pretty much it! Even if some of these therapies help control your symptoms, they’re unlikely to full resolve your problem. Stopping any of them typically cause your skin problems to flare up again, sometimes worse than before.

This isn’t surprising because none of the conventional treatments for chronic skin conditions are fixing the root of the problem. They are just suppressing your symptoms.

But what if there was another way? A natural way to heal your skin from the inside out? What if somebody could offer you a treatment that isn’t just “skin deep”, but really gets at the root of your skin issues?

Chinese Medicine offers this kind of alternative.

We don’t take a one-size fits all approach to health. We are interested in uncovering the specific causes behind your unique presentation and developing a custom treatment plan to help you achieve clear skin and optimum wellness.

Understanding your experience and symptoms are what will ultimately guide us to a proper differential diagnosis. Our treatment approach for somebody suffers from a lot of itching, for example, might differ dramatically from somebody who doesn‘t have itching. The same is true of somebody who has dry skin vs wet or weeping skin, or somebody whose skin flares up with stress vs somebody whose skin flares up in response to food.

We treat these problems differently because the different symptoms show different imbalances within your body.

One of the basic principles of Chinese Medicine is that problems deep within the body manifest at the surface—the state of the outside reflects the state of the inside. That’s why your Chinese Medicine practitioner takes your pulse, looks at your tongue, and performs other kinds of exams to make a differential diagnosis. Understanding the specific way your chronic skin condition has developed, using the science that underlies Chinese medicine, will help us craft the best treatment to help you resolve your problems.

Not just holistic, but collaborative – the Watershed Wellness approach

By providing you with the best of Holistic Esthiology and Chinese Medicine, we work on your skin problems from the inside and the outside simultaneously, so you can achieve radiant health.

Amanda Koennecke, Licensed Esthetician, can work with your skin directly, providing services like detoxification, facials, microdermabrasion, and a range of high quality natural products from Eminence Organics to help keep you looking your best. She can also provide a range of suggestions to improve your diet and lifestyle to support this work. Ultimately – the message of this approach to skin health is simple…

Beauty and health are intertwined. When things are balanced internally, that balance will be reflected externally.

Written by Watershed Team

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