There are numerous significant medical conditions that are associated with dermatitis which we need to identify and address. Conditions such as low stomach acid, dysbiosis and leaky gut all compromise the skin and may cause dermatitis, but more importantly these conditions may have future health ramifications such as auto immune disease, food sensitivities, allergies, asthma, depression and even cancer if they are not adequately addressed. In addition, low stomach will eventually lead to low levels of Zinc as well as other important minerals and vitamins which are essential for healthy skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Skin, Body & Health Renewal, all patients with skin conditions such as dermatitis are treated holistically by our experienced medical doctors. During a dermatitis consultation at Skin Renewal, your doctor will take a comprehensive look at your history, to ensure that there are no important underlying gut and medical conditions that are contributing to your dermatitis.

The challenge with your case is that it is fairly complex in that you are dealing with a number of concerns all of which affect one another at once. So in a case like yours it is terribly difficult to help you in this type of forum. Truth be told there are quite a few things that can affect the various issues you have mentioned and some of these overlap, so treating a few core issues, may very well give you improvement on a number of the issues you are struggling with. The best advice that I can give you is to come and see me or one of our Dr’s who can take a proper medical history and establish a time line and run the necessary tests to give you the best, comprehensive treatment plan to help you. 

You need to be aware of the fact that both eczema and Acne have internal triggers. They are not simply skin conditions. Rather they are a warning light that something inside your body is not happy. While treating these conditions topically gives some relief, topical creams and products are just helping treat the symptoms and not addressing the cause. My best recommendation to you is to come and have a consultation with one of our Skin Renewal Doctors. Rather let’s figure out the cause and the triggers and treat the cause of the problem. 

At Skin Renewal, during your initial consultation with one of our qualified doctors, it may be advised that you are checked for low stomach acid thereafter a complimentary Betaine HCl acid test is explained and done.This is because adequate stomach acid is essential for absorption of the minerals zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and folate, which are essential for healthy skin. Adequate Stomach acid prevents dysbiosis and is essential for a healthy immune system, it will also help prevent a "leaky gut" with all its health ramifications from developing.

  • Apart from the reasons listed above, it’s necessary for the absorption of B vitamins and activates protein-digesting enzymes
  • It is necessary for proper digestion of protein and for the pancreas to release its cascade of digestive enzymes for absorption of carbohydrate and fat.
  • Sub-optimal fat digestion means we won't benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fats, nor the wide array of beneficial effects of fats for fertility, skin health, immunity, etc.
  • Adequate stomach acid destroys pathogens (bacteria, fungi, parasites etc) and a lack of stomach acid can lead to bad bacteria proliferating in the small intestine, causing dysbiosis which have health ramifications down the line.

How can we expect to stay healthy and have healthy skin if we have chronically poor nutrient and mineral absorption due to incomplete digestion? In fact, absorption can be reduced to the point where even if someone is consuming a nutrient-dense diet, they can suffer both sub-clinical and overt deficiencies. This is because they are not assimilating those nutrients because they have low stomach acid.

We can improve the appearance of dermatitis topically, but if we don't improve the absorption problems associated with eczema, the condition will resurface at a later stage. Having normal levels of stomach function is the first important step for a healthy skin and immune system. If one's stomach acid is adequate, the rest of one's digestion and absorption won't be compromised. At Skin Renewal our doctors will explain and check for low stomach acid to ensure optimal treatment of your condition.


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Review -Eczema almost healed!
Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by Joanne Staniforth

After suffering with Eczema for 42 years it took one discussion with Maureen and a few weeks on a functional course of products, and everything was cleared up!! No more itching, horrible sores on my face, arms and legs. Thank you so much!

Review -Eczema Free!!!
Reviewed on 15 April 2015 by Colleen Siebert

I was an eczema sufferer for 21 years and consulted with numerous doctors and dermatologists, the prescribed treatment being cortisone and cyclosporine. I visited Dr Maureen for beauty advice and after discussions about my health, skin conditions, etc, she asked if I was prepared to try some natural remedies to treat my eczema and over the years always tried out what people recommended- anything to be done with the curse.

I begrudgingly stopped the cortisone meds and was waiting for the inevitable dry, itchiness to return. Doc treated me with Curcumin, Pycnogenol, vitamin D3 and Omega 3, as well as eating sauerkraut. Within a month, I was ECZEMA FREE!

I wish doc had come into my life earlier, not only have I done so much damage to my body, but to now know that i'm healthy from the inside out, is amazing. I still have bouts of eczema and continue with natural remedies as above. Skin Renewal and Doctor Maureen Allem have changed my world and i'll be forever indebted. I look at people that have aging skin, dry flaky patches or are itching from eczema and my advice is- see a functional doctor at Health Renewal, this will sort you out. If anyone ever has any questions, I would be happy for you to contact Health Renewal and let them put you in touch with me.

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