How The Skin Communicates With The Gut

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a high-glycemic diet rich in processed fast foods, refined carbohydrates and animal proteins known to create all kinds of inflammatory responses. In addition, this type of diet can increase secretion of android hormones such as testosterone that triggers sweat glands to work extra hard and make the skin look and feel sticky. As a result a T-zone suffers in a way that the pores enlarge, blackheads or whiteheads come up and you squeeze them out causing more breakouts in addition to acne scars.

You can blame the old food pyramid for the current obesity epidemic and since 2011 the food pyramid has retired and is replaced by MyPlate . But like with everything else we need to take charge of what we put on our plate and how much of it in order to stay healthy and younger looking.

According to scientists the gut, brain and skin are complex organs and although the communication link has been recognized but admittedly not fully understood. The gut and skin are filled with microbes that impact the health of those organs. This is nothing new to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine that have been around for thousands of years. They both have a gut-centric approach to health and disease. Many of ingredients called “superfoods” today, like green tea, seaweed, kimchi, and mushrooms come from the traditional Asian diets. Western medicine is working on it. Here are some cons of SAD.

Here are three ways of gut-skin communication:

  • Taking in of nutrients and immediate effect on the skin( the skin either looks glowing or irritated with acne breakouts within 12 hours )
  • Absorption of nutrients that can trigger hormonal changes that affect the skin (breakouts on the chin are blamed on hormones)
  • Influence of gut microbes and toxins on the health of the skin ( probiotics are known to assist in keeping balance in the digestive track)

What is interesting that the gut houses 60 to 70 percent of the body’s immune cells which communicate with the brain and all other organs including the skin. If you want to stay healthy you need to start with your gut. According to about half of American adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Acne is another far-reaching problem that affects people not only physically but emotionally. According to Colorado Dermatology Clinic only 10 percent of individuals consult their physician while 20 percent of affected individuals seek assistance from a skin care center. Surprisingly, 40 percent of individuals do nothing to treat acne while the other 30 percent simply use over-the-counter products.

Let’s sum it up, to look good and feel good you must begin with adjustments you make in your diet. High carbs and refined foods are quick and easy to find but if you make an effort and begin adding colorful veggies to your plate you’ll win the race to a healthier you.

For help with your skin and selection of the correct skin care products for your skin please consult with your local skin care professional or reach out to Yolanda Russo, skin care expert at Speranzi Facial Spa. Virtual Beauty Visits are available, book it through our website today.

Help My Acne Go Away!

My acne is not going away

Understand Your Acne

You might have tried every product that you know of to help you heal your acne. It worked on your friends skin but not on yours. Why?

The first and most important factor in dealing with acne is understanding the cause of your acne. Most definitely, your acne is not the same as anyone else’s and this is why some things work on them but don’t respond at all on your skin.

Acne tends to begin during the teenage years where the oil production is increased due to hormonal ups and downs. Most young people are not used to a good skin care routine and try to buy a skin care product and put all hopes on it only to find out that it did not help their acne problem. Let’s talk about acne triggers instead of causes, since there is not one cause of acne.

Oily foods, dairy and chocolate is known to cause breakouts. How would you know that those foods are a problem for you? Your zits will appear on cheeks within 24 hrs up to 48 hrs after eating any of those. So if you are trying to wash the face twice a day with a product that is known to help acne skin such as AHA CLEANSER and still break out, it’s time to adjust your diet to support your body to repair the damage in addition to seeing a skin care professional who can help you with an overall skin balance.

What is your home care routine

One of the greatest acne solutions are fruit acids containing glycolic acid, AHA acids, and natural salicylic acid. Those are gentle on the skin but effective on your clogged pores. Many people use benzoyl peroxide which is also very effective in combating acne but when used too frequently it tends to irritate and overdry the skin. Don’t overuse the products that irritate the skin to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of dryness. One of the reason you struggle to keep the balance is when the skin is too dry it signals the body to moisturize it with its own oils. Those oils are thicker and clog the pores in addition to make your face shiny and sticky.

What are you doing wrong?

Most people who struggle with acne think more is better and they over exfoliate the skin while mixing scrubs with a salicylic acid cleanser, over dry the skin with the electric brush which seem innocent at first but then the skin starts showing redness and irritation. Doing too much can hurt the skin and make the acne become worse.

If your dermatologist prescribed you Retinol-A then ask them when should you use the salicylic acid and your benzoyl peroxide. Make sure not to use any of those product together as the skin will tell you it had too much by flaking off and dryness. Do not double up on the product, when your cleanse with a salicylic acid cleanser don’t exfoliate with a salicylic pad at the same time. Keep them seperate and that may mean you need to have two different cleansers at home.

Adult acne is treated much differently than teen acne in that the products used are less harsh such as Triple Exfoliating Cleanser which is our clients favorite.

Don’t suffer alone, get help

Many types of acne can resolve easily with the help of a skin care professional but if your acne is not clearing up and it is painful you might need to see a dermatologist.

Your Gut Holds The Key To Your Well-Being

Perfect Health and Beauty Begin In Your Gut.

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Thanks to Mother Nature and its perfect design our health and beauty can be course corrected on a daily basis.  I am Yolanda Russo, skin care expert and a life coach, who serves clients who come to our Facial Clinic because of their struggles with keeping their skin glowing and healthy.

You Can’t Look Good If You Don’t Feel Good.

Yolanda Russo

Before entering the facial room the client’s skin is assessed for signs of imbalance as we discuss the lifestyle and the home skin care routine as if relates to their FACE STORY. I created this term especially for my clients so that they understand that there is more to the skin than the surface. During the entire facial treatment, clients discover how the daily stress and the food choices influence their looks. For example, when the skin appears dull and lacks it glow while showing wrinkles prematurely can indicate too much stress in life among other things. But when the pores are stretched open with acne breakouts showing up on cheeks the poor diet choices may be a culprit. Clients are then referred to a nutritionist for advice and recommendation that can change the way they look and feel.

Are These Wrinkles?

According to Ben Fuck, the nutritionist and pharmacist there is a natural solution to reversing the signs of aging as well as other skin problems that include acne. The quick fix begins with the foods you put in the body. Processed foods, fried foods, and sugary drinks can wreak havoc on the gut health and show up on the skin as acne, rosacea, and skin sagging among other things. According to the Foods That Harm Foods That Heal by Reader’s Digest simple changes in the eating habits we can restore our good health and good looks.

If you would like to have a Consultation with Yolanda Russo, skin care expert at Speranzi Facial Spa and discover how your lifestyle affects your skin and what can you do to improve it naturally please call 973 228 7727 today!