Healthy Skin Care

Healthy Skin Care with Dr. Trevor Cates

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Trevor Cates talks about healthy skin care.

Dr. Trevor Cates was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California and was appointed to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. After working in several world-renowned spas, Dr. Cates became known as “The Spa Dr.” She sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin. She is also host of THE SPA DR. Podcast and the online Glowing Skin Summit. She is the author of Glowing Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment.

Main Questions Asked about Healthy Skin Care:

  • What does it mean for our skin to be a magic mirror?
  • What are some of the common misconceptions about skin?
  • What are some of the skin changes that indicate the body is not well?
  • What are the best/worst foods for your skin?
  • What should we be looking for when it comes to skin care products?

Key Points Made by Dr. Cates about Healthy Skin Care:

  • The skin is our largest organ and the condition of the skin reveals the condition of the body within.
  • Conventional dermatology is to treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes.
  • We should address the body’s innate hormonal balance instead of making it more complicated.
  • A common misconception is that by covering up the skin issue the problem will go away.
  • The substances we put on our skin and the environment we are exposed to are contributing to the problem.
  • You have to read the labels of the products you put on your skin.
  • Suppressing the skin conditions can lead to further problems like asthma and autoimmune disease.
  • If your skin starts to look dull, dry, pale, or patchy that may indicate an underlying problem. Simple things like food and stress can cause this but if they last for more than a few days there is probably another reason.
  • Dairy and sugar are the most common foods that can trigger skin issues.
  • The best foods contain antioxidants like berries, kale, and green leafy vegetables or omega fatty acids like wild salmon.
  • Fragrance is a common problem ingredient; parabens are another ingredient that is metabolized by the human body.
  • Skin problems can indicate an issue with the gut microbiome, therefore a full body and lifestyle perspective should be used to identify the root causes of skin symptoms.

Resources Mentioned for Healthy Skin Care:

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Dr. Cates’ website

Dr. Cates’ podcast

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