When people ask me what inspired me to make skin care my life, I have one word for them: eczema. I’ve been struggling with itchy, painful, inflamed skin my entire life. For those of you lucky ones who don’t suffer from this skin condition, here’s the quick lowdown: Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder that causes rough, red patches of itchy skin that develop blisters. I’ve tried it all—monthly visits to an allergist, nightly skin icing, and countless doses of intense steroids. I’ve even been hospitalized with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) infections caused by my eczema.
As one of L.A.’s top aestheticians, I have helped cure so many patients of painful conditions like cystic acne. But no matter what I tried, I simply couldn’t cure myself of my eczema, which left me frustrated and feeling like my skin care knowledge was failing me!
While all my treatments and solutions provided temporary relief, I never experienced a total decrease in symptoms until I started to see a naturopath and take on a holistic approach instead.
Before I began seeing Dr. McAllister, I didn’t understand what was happening to my body. I had become entrenched in a cycle of treating my symptoms without understanding the actual cause of my skin woes. According to Dr. McAllister, food sensitivities are often a leading culprit in inflammatory skin conditions. As he explains:
“Modern medicine has long recognized the connection between skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and diet. When a person has accurate food sensitivity testing and faithfully removes offending foods from their diet, skin conditions often dramatically improve. I've seen dietary changes provide great results in treating difficult skin issues like acne, rashes, and rough or bumpy skin.”