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.
Lanolin Allergy + Vitamin D
I have to be honest – lanolin can be a real pain for anyone who’s allergic to it.
If you’ve never heard of lanolin and you’re struggling with mystery “contact” dermatitis, it could be worthwhile asking your dermatologist or allergist to do a patch test.
While lanolin allergies aren’t that common, they are tricky to navigate since lanolin is not required to be labeled and can hide quite sneakily in products you probably take daily (and would never suspect).
Since I’m all about helping people connect the dots, this seems like the perfect opportunity to discuss lanolin and its connection with vitamin D.
I know you’ll find this fascinating, so get ready to do a quick dive into lanolin – a commonly used ingredient used in popular skincare products and daily supplements.
In this episode: What is lanolin (and where does it come from)? How would you find out if you are allergic to it? Where it is found in skincare Lanolin + vitamin D issue Other names for lanolin Extensive (but not complete) list of products containing lanolin Quotes: Research shows an increase in sensitization between 2004 and 2015 with data from 2019 showing that a lanolin allergy impacted up to 1.2% of those in the test group.
Lanolin isn’t a required allergen to be listed on labels which is why it hides in so many products!
Tips For Adding The Anti-inflammatory Mediterranean Diet Into Your Routine w/ Suzy Karadsheh
The Mediterranean Diet is one of the world's healthiest ways of eating, and for good reason! There's a large body of research touting its benefits which is why I think it's a great place to start from if you're looking to make smart shifts in your diet for the benefit of your skin.
This does not mean that other traditional cuisines aren't as good for your skin, by the way. After careful consideration, it seems like a great place to start if you're looking to make changes that could be gradual rather than some sort of change that many find unsustainable.
While it focuses heavily on plant-based foods with lots of healthy fats, it also balances everything with lean sources of protein -- which you must recall, protein intake is crucial to helping your skin and your health!
If you're not sure where to start, my guest today is an absolute expert to help inspire you to try some new recipes and encourage you to get back in the kitchen to start cooking!
Suzy Karadsheh is the founder of TheMediterraneanDish.com, the leading site for modern Mediterranean cooking and lifestyle.
She has been featured on ACCESS, Barron’s, Today, HuffPost, as well as Good Housekeeping, Well and Good, Food Network’s Delish, Shape, Pure Wow, The Kitchn, and more.
Suzy was born and raised by the shores of the Mediterranean in Port Said, Egypt, and now and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two daughters, and dog Max. .
Join us as we discuss the basics of the Mediterranean Diet, and some practical tips for incorporating it.
Has changing the way you eat helped your skin? Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: What is the Mediterranean Diet? How to get started eating the Mediterranean way How to choose extra virgin olive oil What is za'atar? Tips for making fresh parsley last longer in the fridge Quotes “We eat more of the vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains. We focus a lot on healthy fats. So my fat of choice to cook with is extra virgin olive oil. We do more fish than most other cultures do.” [2:46]
“Eat with the season, use whole foods and above all, share.” [8:30]
Links Find Suzy online
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Italian Sausage and Lentils with Fennel
Mediterranean Spinach Stew with Chickpeas
Homemade Basil Pesto
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Using Habits To Better Care For Your Skin
If you’re one of those people who can’t stick to changes that you want to make to help your skin, this episode is for you!
One of the biggest reasons people fail at making changes is that habits that you already have are VERY strong.
Motivation simply isn’t a good driver for habit change (because that’s actually what you want to do).
Your skin needs you as a partner on this journey called life, so becoming skilled at changing routines and taking actions that support your skin are huge!
So let’s talk about how you can start to make changes that will actually stick without feeling like it’s such a hard uphill battle to “stay on the wagon”.
In this episode: Why depending on “feeling motivated” will not help you long-term with changes The power of habits (and why they’re more important to focus on) My #1 book recommendation to learn more about habits Tips to help you start breaking out of habit loops that aren’t in alignment with changes you want to make Quotes: Habits are patterns that allow your brain to go on autopilot so that it doesn’t have to think its way through every moment of your day.
To change or break a habit, something must change in your environment to keep your mind from going on autopilot.
Best Mindset Shifts For Chronic Skin Issues For 2022
If you have hit some really tough patches this past year with your skin or you’re struggling now to stay positive, this episode is for you.
Mindset is one of the greatest tools that you have to help you in the darkest of moments.
It’s what honestly can keep you staying the path or throwing in the towel.
We talk a lot about research and all sorts of physical things that can go wrong, but the truth is that some tools – like your mindset – are intangible.
It’s my hope that these ideas that I’ll share with you will help you see how to use mindset and my own personal “mindset of choice” that I’ve found to build the most resiliency.
In this episode: One thing to get your mindset in the best place possible Why I’m such a fan of being “relentlessly persistent” What to do if you start to have an intense flare Why seeking THE ONE THING that could be wrecking your skin is a bad idea Quotes: My experience coaching clients has taught me that if you do not feel hopeful or believe that you can be helped, you’ll likely throw in the towel at the slightest inconvenience or issue.
Focus on what you can control and what actions you can take no matter how small on any given day so that you don’t get stuck.
Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)- Is It Just A Waiting Game? w/ Dr. Julie Greenberg
Have you heard that if you're going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW), that you just have to wait it out?
"Just give it time... time is what heals."
But when you say that to someone who's years (3 or 5 or even 8 years) into TSW, that statement starts feeling like a bitter pill with no hope in sight.
Some practitioners (like myself) are finding that there are things you can do to better support your body as it goes on this journey. There's certainly no silver bullet solution as we still do not have enough research to know the best way forward.
But if you could help your system not be as reactive, that may be a win to make things more manageable for you.
My guest today, Dr. Julie Greenberg, is a licensed ND who specializes in integrative dermatology.
She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic dermatology clinic that approaches skin problems by finding and treating the root cause.
Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University, Stanford University and Bastyr University, and received advanced clinical training at the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Washington Medical School and at the Pediatric Dermatology Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
She is also the Program Chair of the Naturopathic & Integrative Dermatology series on LearnSkin.com, a learning platform for integrative health care professionals.
Join us as we discuss whether TSW really is just a "waiting game" or if there are other things you can do that can help.
I'd love to know if you have tried any of the tips that Dr. Greenberg has shared in this episode -- Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: What is happening to someone going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)? Testing that could be helpful for TSW Concerns over vastly different potencies of different types of steroid creams Is TSW the ONLY thing you need to worry about at the moment (if you're experiencing it)? Collagen supplementation for TSW Thoughts on adaptogenic herbs -- do they have a place to support your body through TSW? Quotes “You have to think if you put that hydrocortisone on 600 times, that's equivalent to one dose of betamethasone or clobetasol. Some of them are 150 times, so it depends on the strength of the steroids. The surface area that you're using on, how frequently and how long have you used it. And of course, one thing that we forget to mention is that we have higher systemic absorption of these topical steroids on compromised or broken skin.”
“We know that that red, inflamed skin is vasodilation. The vessels have been constricted for so long artificially with the topical whatever you're using and now they're also bouncing back. So we get vasodilation, which means that the blood vessels are over-expanded, over dilated. We get this blood influx, which is why they have that red, inflamed skin and moisture leaking out of their skin and they're oozing.”
Nutrient Solutions For Acne (Some Of These Are Controversial) w/ Robyn Johnson, RD
Today we're talking all about acne. My guest shares her favorite nutrients on the journey to clearer skin...and some of them are quite controversial!
My guest today, Robyn Johnson, is a Functional Medicine Dietitian Nutritionist.
Her passion of using food and lifestyle as medicine found her after a personal battle and triumph with psoriasis. She specializes in helping women optimize their hormones, gut and skin by finding the root cause to their symptoms.
Robyn runs a virtual private practice, is the creator of The Clear Skin Lab. Robyn believes healthcare should be individualized and that starts with each person understanding how their body works and what their body needs to truly thrive!
Join us as we discuss some controversial nutrient solutions for acne.
Has working on your nutrition helped your acne? Let me know in the comments!
In this episode: Different types of acne Robyn's favorite nutrients for acne Thoughts on Vitamin A toxicity: How worried should you be? Sources of vitamin E + why it can be helpful for hormonal acne Iodine and acne Topicals that may be beneficial for skin health Why are minerals important for the skin? Quotes “Vitamin A is used for acne, but people don't talk about the importance of food and using it in its most natural form.” [4:11]
“Vitamin E is beneficial for acne for many reasons, I would say the top reason is it's potent antioxidant effects.” [10:41]
Links Find Robyn online
Healthy Skin Show ep. 016: Can Fluoride Be A Hidden Trigger For Your Skin? w/ Melissa Gallico
Healthy Skin Show ep. 211: Why You Need Minerals For Your Skin (And To Stop Peeing All Day) w/ Kaely McDevitt, MS, RD
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Wow! So good!
Really enjoying this podcast. Jennifer has me thinking about skin conditions in ways I haven’t thought about before and it’s been so beneficial and eye opening for me.
The Best Resource Skin Issues
I feel so fortunate to have found Jen Fugo and this podcast! I’ve learned so much from listening to her and her amazing guests. She dives into each topic with enthusiasm and curiosity—getting at not just the “what” but also the “why.” She’s helped me to feel not only knowledgeable but empowered and optimistic about resolving my issues. They say when the student is ready the teacher will emerge and Jen is an amazing teacher!
Amazing and Super Helpful Podcast
I’ve been listening to this podcast and have learned so much when it comes to my skin and possible reasons for my skin rashes. This podcast is well worth your time to listen to. Jennifer is fantastic at providing information to those of us who are doing our own research to heal our bodies. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.