In this episode, Dr. Lisa welcomes back holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy to talk about her personal journey dealing with rosacea. They discuss how to address rosacea effectively using nutrition, natural skin care and more. Did you know that mites on the skin, histamine, food sensitivities, gut health, hormones and more can impact your skin? Listen in to find out more.

Joy McCarthy is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and founder of, an award-winning website focused on healthy living. She is a bestselling author of Joyous Health, The Joyous Cookbook and Joyous Detox, a World Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient. She is also the co-host of the Joyous Health Podcast (Dr. Lisa was a guest on Episode 51: A Natural Approach to Thyroid Disorders AND on Episode 36: Stressed, Tired and Ready for Change) . She runs a business program called The Joyous Health Business Program, has a line of organic herbal teas and natural beauty products as well as a line of children’s natural supplements in partnership with Genuine Health. 

Dr. Lisa was has been a guest twice on the Joyous Health Podcast (in Episode 51: A Natural Approach to Thyroid Disorders AND in Episode 36: Stressed, Tired and Ready for Change).

You can listen to Dr. Lisa and Joy’s previous conversation about detox at Episode 54

In this episode, we cover:

  • How common the skin condition rosacea is
    • Over 400 million people experience rosacea worldwide and most people don’t even realize that they have it
  • What lead Joy is realize that she had rosacea
    • Skin started to change with more redness, also had bumps and visible blood vessels, cheeks felt constantly irritated and was progressively getting worse
    • Always blushed easily, cheeks easily get red when hot or workout
    • Very common in white women from Celtic and Scadinavian descent aged 35-60
    • Can greatly impact self-confidence and self-esteem
    • Often confused with acne since it can change your skin texture
  • The importance of seeing a dermatologist for an official diagnosis
    • Conventional treatments can include:
      • Birth control pill
      • Oral antibiotics
      • Topical antibiotic cream
  • The potential causes and triggers of rosacea are different for each person and can include:
    • Inflammation triggered by specific foods:
      • Gluten, dairy, corn, unfermented soy
      • Sugar 
      • Spicy, hot foods
      • High histamine foods like alcohol, fermented foods (yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha), eggplant, spinach, avocado, banana, papaya, egg whites, chocolate
      • Rancid vegetable oils
    • Stress
    • Environmental exposure
      • Chemicals including in your household and skin care products
        • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
      • Sun exposure and past sun damage on face
    • Gut health, even when you have no digestive symptoms
      • Leaky gut
      • Microbiome imbalance including H. pylori
    • Skin microbiome imbalance (overgrowth of mites!) and compromised barrier
    • Hormone imbalance
  • Laboratory tests to consider
    • GI-MAP or Comprehensive Stool Analysis
    • SIBO breath testing
  • Natural treatment approaches to consider
    • Nourishing and calming foods
      • Lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale
      • Leafy greens like arugula
      • Turmeric
      • Healthy fats from salmon, mackerel, flax, chia, hemp, walnuts, avocado, olive oil
      • Green tea, white tea, nettle, moringa, rose, lavender 
    • Supplementation
      • Zinc can help to heal skin lesions
      • Borage oil as a source of GLA omega 6 fatty acid to improve skin moisture, barrier and elasticity
      • Collagen peptides to hydrate skin 
        • Consider bovine over marine sources
        • Can increase histamine response 
      • Saccharomyces boulardii to support microbiome balance
      • Vitamin C to support formation of skin barrier and collagen production
      • Astaxanthin to improve skin texture and prevent sun damage
  • Joy’s simple skin care regime to manage her rosacea
    • Fresh Face Cleanser with jojoba oil, comfrey root
    • Hella Hydrating Facial Serum with rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid
    • Jade roller to stimulate collagen and circulation, stored in freezer to cool cheeks
    • DIY Chin Serum with blue tansy oil, lavender
    • Bamboo washcloths with filtered water to avoid chlorine

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