A Functional Medicine Approach to Eczema

The goal of a functional medicine approach to Eczmea is to promote general health and balance in the body by addressing the underlying causes of the illness. Instead of only identifying symptoms, we look to treat the underlying causes.

Understanding eczema is crucial because of how common it is and the serious implications that it may have. Eczema is a condition that can have a significant effect on a person’s physical and emotional health in addition to how it affects their skin.


Eczema is multifactoral and can arise from a blend of genetic predispositions and environmental elements that activate the immune system and disturb the skin’s protective barrier. Studies indicate a genetic influence on eczema, evidenced by its higher occurrence in individuals with a familial background of eczema, dermatitis, asthma, and allergies.

Like a lot of skin conditions, we must also pay attention to the gut-skin connection. Recent studies have emphasized the significant impact of the gut microbiome on skin health. The gut microbiome plays a critical role in regulating the immune system, managing inflammation, and preserving the integrity of the intestinal barrier. When there are imbalances in the gut microbiome, known as dysbiosis, it can result in increased intestinal permeability, often referred to as “leaky gut.” This compromised barrier function enables toxins, pathogens, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream, prompting an immune response. This response leading to inflammation can manifest as various skin conditions, including eczema.

Genetics / Hormonal Health / Gut Health/ Liver Health/ Food sensitivities / Toxin Exposure / Leaky Gut and Endotoxins/ Immune System Dysfunction/ Stress/Skin Irritants/ Climate Change/Lack of Essentially Fatty Acids/Skin Barrier Dysfunction

Treatment Approach

Traditional approaches to treating eczema typically combine topical therapies with oral medications. Topical corticosteroids are frequently recommended to alleviate inflammation and itchiness, while moisturizers aid in skin hydration and barrier maintenance. For more severe instances, immunosuppressive drugs such as calcineurin inhibitors might be employed. Additionally, antihistamines may be prescribed to alleviate itching and enhance sleep quality.

The issue with this approach is although it maybe improve symptoms short term, there is no focus on what is causing the condition which means treatment may last for a few weeks or months before it reappears.

The Dublin Centre for Functional Medicine Consultation places significant emphasis on therapeutic diets, dietary supplements, and complementary interventions to address the root causes of eczema, reduce inflammation, and enhance the integrity of the skin barrier.

Our Approach to Healing Eczema

Nutrition Approach

Our main focus on eating a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet emphasizing whole fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and fermented foods to reduce inflammation, support immune function, and promote healthy microflora.

Targeted Supplements

We can recommend both oral and topical supplements which will alleviate eczema symptoms, address dysbiosis and leaky gut, and modulate the immune system.

Functional Testing

Our functional medicine doctors and practitioners can advise on specific tests related to food allergy testing. gut health, including the SIBO breath test, candida test, and parasite testing, to identify the roo cause that could be a trigger for the skin.

Alternative Treatments

Our functional medicine practitioners can suggest additional treatments or lifestyle interventions with proven efficacy to assist you in addressing a specific skin condition, such as light therapy.

Why Choose the Dublin Centre for Functional Medicine?


Once you start the process, we will guide our collaborative process with a practitioner, We will gather the required information we through detailed intake forms so we can understand you better and help support and motivate you through the process.


Our practitioners have years of experience dealing with multiple conditions. The functional medicine approach focuses on the route cause and addresses the imbalance.

Personalized Approach

Every one of us is unique and has a set of circumstances. Everything about you including symptoms, lifestyle, diet, genetics and capacity to heal is different and will require a personalized approach.

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