Fed up with those skin rashes that just won't go away? Join clinical nutritionist, skin rash expert, and eczema warrior Jennifer Fugo to explore alternative ways to look at your frustrating skin conditions. Together, we'll dive deep to empower and inspire you to see your symptoms from a totally different perspective.
Each episode tackles a wide range of chronic skin rash issues including (but not limited to) eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo, and seborrheic dermatitis. We pull back the curtain to dish on nutrition, diet, root causes, detoxification, lifestyle changes and even innovative published research that doesn't seem to trickle down to your doctor.
Progesterone Sensitivity Rash
Did you know that progesterone can trigger rashes?
Usually estrogen is more commonly the “sex hormone problem child” when it comes to skin, but when progesterone is the culprit, it’s causes A LOT of trouble.
If you’ve never heard of progesterone triggering rashes or Progesterone Hypersensitivity, you’ll want to check out this episode.
Now to be clear, this is NOT a common problem as progesterone reactivity like this is considered to be rare (though I’m willing to bet that a lot of cases are left undiagnosed if you don’t know what to even look for).
And if you know someone dealing with progesterone sensitivity rashes, please share this with them because there is a lot of great research linked up in the citations section below that could be helpful for them!
In this episode: What is progesterone hypersensitivity? Is it an autoimmune disease or an allergic reaction? Tips for figuring out if you have progesterone hypersensitivity Fascinating signs + symptoms Potential triggers that prime your body to react to progesterone Treatment options to discuss with your doctor Quotes: A consistent flare-up that starts around the progesterone spike in your cycle around day 20 or 21 of a 28-day cycle is an important clue.
Progesterone hypersensitivity may be linked to a higher rate of pregnancy loss.
Inspiring Vitiligo Personal Journey w/ Tonja Johnson
Did you know that June is Vitiligo Awareness Month?? My guest today shares her empowering, emotional personal story and shares how she became a Vitiligo Patient Advocate!
Today's guest, Tonja Johnson, exhibits creativity, innovation, and determination. She has persevered through many obstacles in life, which has fueled her passions. Tonja is the founder of Beautifully Unblemished, a vitiligo support group that was birthed in 2017 after a challenging time finding a local support group in the state of Florida.. Her passion and drive are inspired by her own experiences dealing with Vitiligo and learning to embrace the physical changes she faces daily. She is passionate about empowering individuals to love the skin they are in. In her spare time, she enjoys singing praise and worship, interior decorating, and traveling.
Join us as we discuss how to best SUPPORT someone with vitiligo and hear Tonja's journey.
If you've been diagnosed with vitiligo and joined a support group, what specifically helped the most? Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: What is vitiligo and what symptoms do people commonly notice? Who is affected by vitiligo? Tonja's personal vitiligo journey and how it impacted her to the point of contemplating suicide How Tonja dealt with her diagnosis emotionally + mentally (Why it's NOT "just skin"!) The benefits of getting support especially if you feel ashamed of your vitiligo diagnosis How to support someone living with vitiligo Quotes “There IS treatment. There's no cure, but there IS treatment that gives a temporary relief, I would say, for someone that has vitiligo. And it can slow down the process of vitiligo if you get treated earlier.” [15:08]
“About three years into having vitiligo, I began to get depressed because the skin, my pigment was changing aggressively. I was losing my color, it seemed like every day, spots were appearing on my skin, and it was really devastating. I felt like I'd been given a death sentence. I knew it wasn't cancer, so it wasn't that bad, but it was emotionally a roller coaster, just trying to figure out the hows, the whys, where did it come from?" [2:06]
Links Find Beautifully Unblemished online and on Instagram
Follow Tonja Johnson on Instagram + Facebook
World Vitiligo Day is June 25th! Learn more HERE.
Is Eczema Related To Histamine Intolerance?
If you’ve heard or read that eczema is a “histamine intolerance” problem, I’ve got news for you…
That’s actually not always true.
In fact, itchy skin doesn’t mean you have histamine intolerance either.
This might fly in the face of what you’ve come to believe about what your “root causes” are, but it’s really important.
It can help you if you find that antihistamines aren’t really working!
OR if you’ve been doing a low histamine diet without noticing much improvement.
So let’s talk about how atopic dermatitis is (or is not) connected to histamine overload while answering a listener’s question on how certain foods (like berries) could be good or bad for rashes!
In this episode:
Are berries high in histamine (and a problem for eczema)? Eczema + Histamine Intolerance – Are they connected? FODMAP foods + histamine issues Percentage of eczema cases that are histamine driven (in my practice) Quotes:
Blueberries are actually low in histamine while strawberries are high in histamine.
It’s erroneous to assume that eczema automatically means you have a histamine problem because that’s simply not true.
Helping Kids With Rashes To Thrive w/ Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS
Dealing with chronic skin conditions can take their toll mentally on anyone, but put yourself in the shoes of a child who may not have the same life experience as you do to cope. Stick in the dreaded school bullying, and you can have a major storm on your hands as parents or caregivers. My guest today covers specific things to look for and DO when tackling mental health for children with skin rashes.
Today's guest, Dr. Nicole Beurkens, is a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced degrees in psychology, education, and nutrition. She is a leading holistic child psychologist and has dedicated her 25-year career to providing parents with research-based strategies that get to the root of children’s attention, anxiety, mood, and behavior challenges so they can reach their highest potential. She runs a multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment clinic and is a best-selling author, published researcher, award-winning therapist, media expert, and experienced mother of four.
Join us as we discuss how to best SUPPORT mental health holistically for children and teens with chronic skin conditions.
If you've found that counseling or at-home therapy work has helped your family in dealing with a chronic condition, what specifically helped the most? Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: Why it's a BIG mistake to NOT talk about skin conditions with your kid (especially if it makes your child feel "different") Steps to empower your child if they have a skin condition Criteria of red flags to know that there's something wrong or signs that there could be an issue at school How to get your child talking (without feeling ashamed) about bullying or other problems they face Benefits of having your child talk to someone other than you (or another parent or caregiver) Quotes “A lot of times kids are bringing those things to us not because they want us to in and play superhero and call everybody's mom, and fix it... they're telling us because they need us to be with them in how they're feeling about it. They need to not be alone in how they're feeling.” [17:30]
“...The reality is that most children, the vast majority will not initiate telling a parent or teacher or caregiver that it's going on because they are ashamed, because they're embarrassed because they don't know how to talk about that. So it is up to US as the adults in these kids' lives to raise these issues and to watch for the signs.” [10:16]
Links Find Dr. Nicole Beurkens online
Get Dr. Beurkens's FREE Top 10 Nutrients Guide
Follow Dr. Beurkens on Instagram| Facebook
Order Dr. Beurkens's book: Life Will Get Better
Everything You Need To Know About Skin Tests (Done By Your Dermotologist) w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Have you ever heard to just put honey or aloe on your rash? I URGE you to think twice on treating an angry rash at home before knowing what it is. Sometimes, it can be life threatening as you will hear from my guest today who had a patient have sepsis!
Not to mention, it could be tiny microscopic bugs, which gives the shivers just thinking about it.
My guest today is Dr. Peter Lio, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. While at Harvard, he received formal training in acupuncture.
Dr. Lio has written a textbook on Integrative Dermatology and has published over 100 papers.
Join us as we discuss all the different types of skin testing for various conditions, which your doctor could run.
Have you ever had any of skin testing done and it helped tremendously? Tell me about it in the comments!
In this episode: Why you need a dermatologist on your team to help rule out infections + more serious issues (even if you want to do things more naturally) Different testing types and when you do each one (AND for which condition) What are scabies and Demodex mites, and why could Ivermectin help? How does patch testing work? Thoughts on supplementing with B12 if you have a cobalt allergy Hidden sneaky source of benzoyl peroxide (if you have this allergy) Quotes “Scabies are these little, teeny-tiny mites, they're invisible to the naked eye, but not to the microscope. So what we do is we'll scrape the little parts of the skin or even better is we can scrape under your nails because if you're itchy, you're collecting little scabies mites under your fingernails.” [08:51]
“The biggest thing I think for bacterial infection is skin pain or tenderness. If it's just itchy, I'm not as worried, but if a patient calls me and says, it hurts, it's sore. Then I'm like, whoa, that's a super four-alarm fire.” [11:04]
Links Find Dr. Lio Online
Healthy Skin Show ep. 001: How to Protect & Strengthen Your Skin Barrier w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep. 037: Nickel Allergy And Eczema w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep. 104: Topical B12 For Skin Rashes w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep. 136: Alternative Solutions For Rosacea w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep. 176: Dealing With Recurrent Skin Infections w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep. 216: Could Your Rash Be A Sign Of Lymphoma? w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Healthy Skin Show ep.107: Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin
Follow Dr. Lio on Twitter | Facebook
Why You Need More Fiber (And How It Can Help Histamine Overload) w/ Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
Have you been told to eliminate fermented foods or FODMAPS out of your diet? What about histamine containing foods? You may want to listen first or read my guest's new book before eliminating these fiber-filled foods!
Today's guest, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz (or "Dr. B"), is an award winning gastroenterologist, internationally recognized gut health expert and the New York Times-bestselling author of Fiber Fueled and The Fiber Fueled Cookbook.
He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of ZOE, has authored more than twenty articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has given more than forty presentations at national meetings, presented to Congress and the USDA, and has taught over 10,000 students how to heal and optimize their gut health.
He lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and children. You’ll find him on Instagram as @theguthealthmd, on Facebook as @theguthealthmd, and at his website theplantfedgut.com.
Join us as we discuss general gut health, fiber, short chain fatty acids, and how it all relates BACK to skin health.
If you've made some changes to your diet, what's worked and what DIDN'T? Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: Butyrate- its effect on barrier function and how it connects the gut to the skin Why EVERYONE needs to be sprouting and a secret hack to getting more DAO enzyme from pea sprouts How fiber is food for the microbes in your gut and how that feeds them, which helps you What's the science behind FODMAPS? What may be the healthiest food on the planet Quotes “If I walk out on the street right now and I find a random sample of 20 Americans, 19 out of 20 are deficient in fiber. And not like mildly deficient, but like severely deficient.” [5:05]
“FODMAPS are actually really good for us. So we want the FODMAPS, we just want them in the right amount. And we want to train our gut, make it stronger and make it capable of processing these foods for us.” [21:25]
Links Find Dr. Will Bulsiewicz online
Check out The Fiber Fueled Cookbook here or here
Follow Dr. B on Instagram| Facebook
Want to learn how to sprout at home? Watch Jen's tutorial Instagram story HERE
Amazing was trying to help my daughter find relief from perioral dermatitis…
Total game changer! 💥
The Healthy Skin Show has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by Jennifer's engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen! 🙌🏻
Excellent Resource for Skin Health!
Jennifer Fugo not only has personal experience with skin health issues, but she is also connected with a wide scope of professionals in skin health to help address skin issues from all angles. Skin health is complex and she has a way to simplify and focus the research on skin health so that it’s easy to follow and she demystifies any myths about current perspectives of holistic skin health. I love working with her with my patients to help them get to the next level of their skin and overall health from an inside and out approach. Grateful for her podcast and all of the wonderful information and resources it provides!