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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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Join Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson on this captivating Rash Decisions podcast series, a fascinating journey for healthcare professionals into the realm of dermatology, bridging the gap in recognising, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of skin conditions. With over 70 years of combined experience in general practice, they delve deep into a diverse range of dermatological conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne, to name a few. Explore the epidemiology, sympt ...
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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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“…the skin is not just the skin. Underneath the skin, there is a person, who is really suffering.” Professor Anthony Bewley. In 2020, the 'Mental Health and Skin Disease' report produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin highlighted that 98% of individuals with skin disease reported an impact on their wellbeing, despite this, only 18% re…
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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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“...when you then see the patient who comes in [with] rosacea and they [have] then got the broken capillaries, the blood vessels starting to appear. It's not that my heart sinks when I see those, compared to a patient with simple background flushing, but I start thinking, we're in for a slightly trickier time here to start pulling them back.” Dr Ro…
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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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"What do Rembrandt, the Hollywood actor W. C. Fields and the former president Bill Clinton all have in common?" The answer is rosacea, and in this first episode on this common skin condition, your hosts Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson explore how to identify rosacea in your patients, giving you clarity on the clinical presentations to av…
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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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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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As Dr Roger Henderson aptly puts it, “...The one thing guaranteed to make my heart sink, if I'm walking down the high street, is to see someone with acne scarring... Because you know that, that was preventable.” In this insightful episode, your hosts Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson discuss acne treatments, emphasising the crucial importa…
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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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“Now many patients of mine do believe that acne, is acne, is acne. But one of the things I have learnt, over too many years of treating them, is that there's a massive range of presentations, including the 'no need to treat, so mild', to the... specialist referral level with horrendous scarring, which I think we've failed, if we get to the scarring…
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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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“Somebody with moderate atopic eczema has nine flares a year, each of those flares, perhaps needing topical steroids for two to five weeks at least. So, they're barely stopping the topical steroids.” Dr George Moncrieff Already you can see how patients can very easily, and unintentionally, be prescribed topical steroids long-term, which they are ne…
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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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“…we’ve been using topical steroids now for over 70 years, which means they've been around longer than paracetamol. So, we know how to get the best results from them, and we know what to expect from them.” Dr George Moncrieff Or do we? Join our hosts as they unravel the essentials of prescribing topical steroids. Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger He…
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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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“...Appropriate use of an emollient reduces overall health costs because the patient's eczema gets better, they have less appointments with doctors, they have less eczema, they're using less steroids, and in the paper that I showed not only were they using less topical steroids, they were using less antibiotics. So, it really is a win. You're using…
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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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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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“Patients sometimes think that an emollient is an emollient. But when we're prescribing, we mustn't forget about splitting them into simple and sophisticated types and actually think about what we're putting on our patient's skin, which sounds an obvious thing to say, but it really is horses for courses” - Dr Roger Henderson. Following on from the …
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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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Before we attempt to understand the critical role that emollients play in the management of dry skin conditions, we first need to understand our largest organ, the skin. Dr Moncrieff and Dr Henderson delve deep into the remarkable structure that is our skin, looking at how this organ punches way beyond its weight simply because it’s the part of the…
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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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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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In this final episode on eczema, Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson share their thoughts on eczema treatments, including topical steroids and immunomodulators. Alongside many other practical tips, the key takeaways from this episode include: Advice on which, when, and how much topical steroid to prescribe to patients with eczema and how the…
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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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Join Dr Moncrieff and Dr Henderson as they discuss their assessment process for patients with eczema. Not only does this involve looking at the skin but also taking into account patient quality of life, their psychosocial wellbeing, as well as the importance of developing a bond with your patients through touch in this very tactile condition before…
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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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In the first episode of this three-part series on eczema Dr Henderson and Dr Moncrieff examine the various factors that have contributed to the rapid increase in eczema since World War II as well as the relationship between atopic eczema, asthma, and hay fever, known as the atopic march. They will examine the causes and diagnosis of eczema in child…
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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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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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In this final instalment of our three-part series on psoriasis, Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson discuss the management of challenging psoriasis patterns such as guttate psoriasis, flexural psoriasis, nail psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and palmoplantar pustulosis. In addition, the experts explore the impact of psoriasis on patients' self…
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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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This second episode is bursting with the possible treatment options available in primary care for the management of psoriasis. Join Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Roger Henderson as they discuss how they get their patients psoriasis under control using coal tars, topical steroids, vitamin D analogues, and their favourite combination product, whilst tou…
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