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The Healthy Skin Show

Jennifer Fugo, CNS, MS, Skin Rash Expert

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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 cur ...
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The Skin Wellness Pro Show is the official podcast of The Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance (NAA), a resource for skin wellness professionals to find support, education, and further their careers. Hosted by NAA President Rachael Pontillo and Education Specialist Tara Swagger, this podcast features real conversations with skin wellness professionals discussing current topics in aesthetics, skin health, and wellness. Tune in as we explore holistic skincare practices and approaches, discuss commo ...
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Project Nourish

Project Nourish

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Welcome to Project Nourish with your host Megan Gump, CFMP, FNTP. This podcast is a place for all things functional medicine and a holistic lifestyle. The mission of the brand is to educate and give people the tools to take their health into their own hands. Disclaimer: Megan does not treat, cure or diagnose any disease. Megan wants to give you the ability to take your health back and live the vibrant life you deserve!
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If you’ve found it frustrating that no one can tell you why you have chronic urticaria hives (including chronic spontaneous urticaria, dermatographia, and even angioedema), I feel you. Especially when IgE allergies are ruled out (testing is negative) or even avoiding what you’re allergic to isn’t helpful. At that point, most doctors will say that t…
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If you have psoriasis, you have a 30% chance of developing psoriatic arthritis symptoms! This type of psoriasis is notoriously difficult to diagnose because, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, there are no blood tests to easily confirm it. Psoriatic arthritis can be triggered at any age, but its onset is most commonly between 35 and 55 years old. One of …
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In this insightful episode of The Skin Wellness Pro Show, we welcomed the wonderful Lori Ward, an esthetician, acne specialist, and a graduate of the Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program. Lori shared her personal journey with social media, particularly Instagram, and the impact it has had on her business and self-percepti…
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When you’re dealing with rashed skin, you can’t just slather on any moisturizer, cream, or the latest miracle potion promoted by beauty influencers. You’ve got to make sure the ingredients in your skincare formulas are clean, free of questionable ingredients, promote a healthy skin barrier, and soothe instead of potentially irritate your skin. And …
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Did you know that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common type of liver disease? (And it absolutely is tied to skin issues too!) Fatty liver disease, also now referred to as metabolic dysfunction-associated liver disease, is the result of inflammation. It is associated with other common health issues like high lipids, high bloo…
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If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to unravel the frustrating symptoms of scalp psoriasis with a more natural or integrative approach, you’re in for a treat. I’m sharing a case study from one of my real-life psoriasis clients who has lived with both scalp psoriasis and guttate psoriasis on her body for nearly 30 years. When my client first fo…
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In this episode of the Skin Wellness Pro Show, hosts Rachel Pontillo and Tara Swagger delve into the topic of acne, a common skin concern that can affect individuals of all ages. Drawing from her personal experience of dealing with acne from a young age, Rachael discusses the emotional and psychological impact of acne, including anxieties, self-con…
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Struggling with SIBO symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, gas, and diarrhea, can be very frustrating. SIBO (short for small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is basically what it sounds like: Bacteria overgrow in the small intestine leading to many symptoms that impact the gut and other body systems. The presence of SIBO can trigger …
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Did you know that the severity of eczema symptoms + skin color have a unique relationship? That certain eczema symptoms can be WORSE for skin of color versus white or lighter skin tones? While practitioners are typically taught about the “classic eczema patient” who has itchy eczema, there is huge variation in how atopic dermatitis (eczema) manifes…
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If you have a dairy allergy, it probably doesn’t surprise you that it’s one of the more complex common food allergies. While there are 25 proteins in milk (yes, you read that right!), only a handful have been shown to trigger antibody production against them. Now, remember that a dairy allergy is different from being lactose intolerant. Lactose int…
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If you struggle with eyelid inflammation (aka. blepharitis), crusty eyes in the AM or ocular rosacea, Demodex mites treatment might be in your future thanks to an overgrowth of these little critters! Demodex mites are a common, naturally-occurring commensal skin parasite that live, feed, poop, and die on your skin and on eyelashes and eyebrow hairs…
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If you’ve ever wanted a sneak peak behind some of the eczema cases that I work on, I’m sharing a fascinating healing journey of a client with severe eczema on feet + her body! This client was excited to be a part of this new case study series I’m bringing to the podcast to help inspire other eczema warriors out there. It’s easy to give up especiall…
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In this episode of the Skin Wellness Pro Show, hosts Rachael Pontillo and Tara Swagger discuss the topic of hormone detox, and the detox trend in general. They reflect on how the meaning of detox has evolved over the years and share their personal experiences with various detox methods. Rachael and Tara explore the different perspectives and approa…
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Spotting food allergy signs quickly can be tricky, especially since they don’t manifest in everyone in the same way. But it’s so important to be able to identify the symptoms of food allergies, because a whopping 1 in 13 kids have at least ONE food allergy. And that number is surprisingly high for adults, too. Food allergies are an IgE immune-media…
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Tempted to try a bleach bath for eczema skin rashes? Did your doctor recommend them? Before you go dumping Clorox into your bath water — you need to hear this. Because honestly, the science doesn’t support bleach baths which was highlighted by Dr. Peter Lio at the Eczema Expo 2023 meeting. Turns out that the research on this outdated practice isn’t…
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If you've been disappointed by keratosis pilaris treatment options + natural remedies -- you're not alone! Keratosis Pilaris (aka. Chicken skin) is a complex, poorly understood skin problem that can make you feel really insecure (because of how it looks). It can also make your skin texture feel unpleasant + rough (potentially triggering skin pickin…
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Whether you’re considering a plant-based diet or you’re wondering if there’s ANOTHER option to better, healthier farm practices – we need to talk about regenerative farming. Never heard of regenerative farming or regenerative agriculture before? Don’t worry – you’re not alone because most people think their options are only conventionally farmed pr…
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Women are very poorly educated on perimenopause and perimenopause symptoms! So much so that we often assume that the subtle, annoying signs of perimenopause are the result of something else. You probably know some signs of menopause like hot flashes or night sweats. But as you hit your late thirties to early forties, things start to change that you…
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If you’re on the fence about collagen (as well as how to build more of it), I’m excited to share that research now demonstrates the many collagen benefits that exist. Collagen for skin health is crucial, along with the many ways it supports your gut and joint health too! I talked about collagen benefits as well as collagen peptides + collagen prote…
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Before you buy food sensitivity testing, you need to hear this because so many people are harmed by these tests. For one thing, food sensitivity testing is touted as a miracle, cure-all answer for skin rashes. So when you take the test, cut out the foods, and your rash is still flaring up — it can leave you feeling really lost and even hopeless tha…
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In this episode of the Skin Wellness Pro Show, hosts Rachael Pontillo and Tara Swagger discuss holiday promotions for aestheticians, health coaches, and other skin wellness professionals. They share ideas for offering special holiday packages and services, whether in-person or virtual. With their combined experience in the industry, Rachael and Tar…
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Many health experts swear that to be truly healthy, you’ve got to “move the lymph” using some sort of lymphatic drainage routine – often with expensive tools or techniques. The hope is that you’ll somehow clear infections, lose the bloat, and clean out toxins. While yes, lymphatic drainage is important, it’s not a miraculous solution. The type of l…
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Have you ever heard of mast cell activation syndrome but thought it was the same thing as histamine intolerance? It’s not… MCAS or mast cell activation disorder is much more serious! Today’s guest dives into what are mast cells and will show you how mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is distinctly different and more complex than histamine intoler…
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Did you know that the inflammation that drives your eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, etc., could be triggered by your oral microbiome? That's right... Inflammation that shows up on your skin is often triggered elsewhere! And one often overlooked spot in the body is your mouth. Like your gut microbiome (which I've talked a lot about on the show), your or…
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Can you get a rash from thyroid disease? Yes, yes you can. And in this episode, I’m connecting the dots between autoimmune thyroid disease and chronic hives. Today, we’re digging into how your thyroid can affect your skin, and how you can determine if yours is part of your rash trigger. If you’ve been struggling with a rash that just won’t disappea…
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Elimination diets can be therapeutic tools to support your health. But they also have the power to trigger disordered eating patterns + food fear. Except for a few instances, elimination diets aren't meant to be long-term health solutions — even when it comes to chronic skin problems like eczema or psoriasis or any of the other skin conditions I ta…
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In this first episode of the second season of The Skin Wellness Pro Show, Rachael and Tara discuss the start of their new school year for the Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program. They reflect on the program's growth over the past four years and share their excitement in welcoming new students. They also highlight the imp…
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If you've ever wondered, "what is contact dermatitis?" -- you're in for a treat because this episode is going to blow your mind! My guest Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu lectured on contact allergic dermatitis at the Eczema Expo 2023 hosted by the National Eczema Association, and I found his presentation so valuable that I invited him here to share the ins + o…
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By now, I think everyone knows how I feel about protein intake. It's one of the reasons I was super excited to have back on a past guest to talk about protein myths and her NEW book, which I found utterly fascinating. It dives into the actual science as to WHY people need protein in their diets- for wound healing, blood glucose regulation, and so m…
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Testing for candida when you have what you think is a candida rash can feel really discouraging. Especially when you have all the classic signs of candida overgrowth, and yet, your test comes back “clear.” What a frustrating waste of time and money, right? These results probably leave you feeling like you don’t know where to turn, or what’s causing…
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If you've seen all these viral videos on caster oil benefits for your eyes, you're in for a treat! I asked a returning guest about a recent VIRAL TikTok video on castor oil that made me pause -- mostly because you really need to be careful what you put on or near your eyes. The eyeballs are very delicate tissue so... Is castor oil really the magica…
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One of the questions I hear a lot is “what causes candida overgrowth?” Because Candida is one of the underlying root causes that can cause your gut and your skin microbiomes to become imbalanced or dysbiotic, it must be factored into your case. Specifically, since Candida + other fungal organisms can trigger rashes to flare up. Candida can be super…
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Today we've not only got a fan favorite back on the show, we are going to talk about a topic that I've only had ONE other guest talk about- perioral dermatitis. I know firsthand from a handful of clients I've worked with that perioral dermatitis is not only frustrating because it's hard to diagnose and find the root cause, but it's embarrassing bec…
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Get ready to talk all about ears- everything from ear rashes to ear inflammation and ear infections! Also, this is another FIRST for The Healthy Skin Show. I've never had anyone come on to talk about ears! So, if you've had issues with your sinuses or ear drainage and wonder if it could be related to inflammation in your body, stay tuned to hear fr…
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PCOS (aka. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a complex issue impacting many out there that can cause specific skin issues! So let this be a reminder that PCOS is not just a fertility disorder because it can + does impact the entire body in ways you might not even realize. This is the first-ever episode to focus on PCOS and my guest today knows exactl…
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Nutrition labels should make your diet + nutrition choices easier, but sometimes they do they exact opposite. And that’s the case when it comes to the Daily Value %. Over the last few months, I’ve repeatedly seen the Daily Value % used or discussed in ways that just don’t make sense. As well as people who are afraid to take a particular supplement …
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In this episode of the Skin Wellness Pro Show, we celebrate reaching our 10th episode and reflect on the highlights of our first season. Join us as we discuss our plans for season two and the exciting guests we have lined up. Plus, we want to hear from you! Leave your suggestions for topics and guests in the comments on our blog or YouTube channel.…
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Get ready for the "squirmies" if talking about worms and parasites (living INSIDE your body) makes you a bit squeamish! Parasites tend to get a bad rep, but in reality, they are a part of life. Most everyone HAS parasites already but doesn't need to do a parasite cleanse. Today's guest is the Queen of Parasites, and she gives insight on when you sh…
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If you’ve ever tried eliminating foods to help your skin rashes, I want to share some newly published research on elimination diets + food fear. This research is extremely eye-opening AND troubling simply because it tells us that there is a very significant + real risk of wrecking your relationship with food. I’m not saying that improving the nutri…
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Today we get to talk about the gut and skin "picture" that tends to show up in psoriasis patients. There's research that states that the gut of those who have psoriasis looks eerily similar to those who have inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. Yikes! Today's guest completely agrees with the emerging research as well, so let's dive in. Today's guest …
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I never thought that I would get diagnosed with gingivitis + struggle with horribly painful, bleeding gums. But after months of intense stress, my mouth was really struggling at the end of 2022. After what was one of the most painful dental cleanings of my entire life, the dentist explained that I had pretty bad gingivitis with pockets forming arou…
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Many people have NOT heard about prurigo nodularis, but I feel like we will hear about it more and more in the coming years. It's incredibly ITCHY, and so many people have suffered from it because it's so relatively new in regards to being diagnosed. Prurigo nodularis nodules tends to be in middle-aged people, and it occurs in people who have not h…
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Many of my listeners are parents or other types of caregivers for kids and have actually written me asking if your child could or SHOULD do a liver detox or how to detox your child after reading my own liver detox posts. And the reality is... I don't work with children and babies, so I can't be too sure for YOUR child! I actually refer all of those…
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In this episode of the Skin Wellness Pro Show, co-hosts Rachael Pontillo and Tara Swagger are joined by special guest Jennifer Fugo, a clinical nutritionist and host of The Healthy Skin Show podcast. Together, they discuss the challenges of chronic skin and gut issues and clients' frustrations when seeking treatment. Tune in to learn about alternat…
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If you’re into looking at research to figure out more natural ways to support your skin condition (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, seborrheic dermatitis), this episode is for you. Like you, I love digging through research to see what’s being ignored or overlooked with the hopes of helping listeners as well as my clients. But there’s a sneaky tru…
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Today we're going to talk about Eczema Herpeticum -- which we've never done a deep dive on with a dermatologist before. Today's guest is not only a favorite guest of the show, but he's seen it all in his practice and will delve into why we need to be very careful trying to fight off viral infections on our own with a compromised skin barrier. My gu…
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People always ask me what's a priority in terms of dealing with skin issues, and they usually start with diet. However, if you're a longtime listener, you know having healthy skin is NOT just about what you eat. One thing to check in the beginning of any health journey is blood sugar levels, but there are a variety of factors that go into regulatin…
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I'm over the moon to share today's interview! My guest today authored one of the first trauma books I truly enjoyed reading, and I think the book makes sense to the average person; it's not like a difficult-to-read textbook at all. Not to mention, she is the first expert on trauma that agreed to come on the show! MaryCatherine McDonald, PhD is a re…
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If you have any type of chronic skin issue, I’ll bet you’ve probably gone down an internet rabbit hole to figure out if dairy is bad for chronic skin issues. Well, in Part 3 of this three-part series, I’ve got some really eye-opening research to share with you that even surprised me! I’ve spent the past two parts diving into why I think we need to …
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In this highly anticipated second installment about dairy versus non-dairy milk, I’m diving into many of the ethical concerns and questions you’ve probably wondered about. While I have tried my best to share information without too much emotion involved, I admit that I find the treatment of workers to be difficult to stomach + tolerate. Since you a…
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