October 2012 
 Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Healthy Skin Issue
 Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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Fall is really here in Colorado. The leaves changed early this year and there were some gorgeous days spent in the high country with brilliant yellow aspen leaves against an almost purple sky. Simply amazing! And then I was fortunate enough to travel east to see the colors there! We have already had our first frost here so before I left for my trip I picked what was left of the tomatoes and soon I will make what I call "remnant ratatouille". I really do love fall!

Summer, as we all know is really hard on the skin with the increased exposure to sun and the elements and fall is a great time to replenish the skin. However the best strategy to protect your skin is to nourish it year round. Great to consume a diet rich in essential fatty acids as well as antioxidants to keep it well nourished. Use a good sunscreen (info available from Environmental Working Group to rate your sunscreen). Also avoid tobacco, food allergens, and other toxins since the skin is also an organ of elimination. If your body is toxic, you will see buildup in your pores. Everyone knows a smoker who has that gray cast to their skin! Drinking plenty of good clean water is also very important.

On Weds November 7th I will be holding a 30 minute FREE discussion on hormones and hormonal balancing (think menopause, PMS) at 12 noon at my office. Space is limited so please RSVP via email or by calling (303) 443-2206. Also available via Skype (please contact me to make arrangements so that we are "connected" on skype ahead of time!) Enjoy this season of beauty!

 Coenzyme Q10 for Healthy Skin!

Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images Coenzyme Q10 is a type of antioxidant found throughout the body, and your skin is one of the most abundant sources. Also known as ubiquinone and CoQ10, coenzyme Q10 has been praised for its ability to protect as well as repair the skin. Coenzyme Q10 is available in two forms -- oral supplements and topical preparations. While the effect of topical preparations on the skin has been most widely researched, several recent studies suggest that oral supplementation may also prove to be equally beneficial for the skin. From LiveStrong

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 Vitamin C and Skin Health

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. However, the effects of vitamin C in the skin are not well understood due to limited research. This article discusses the potential roles of vitamin C in the skin and summarizes the current knowledge about vitamin C in skin health. From the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

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 Clinical and Histological Effect of a Low Glycaemic Load Diet in Treatment of Acne Vulgaris in Korean Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Recent studies have suggested that dietary factors, specifically glycaemic load, may be involved in the pathogenesis of acne. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical and histological effects on acne lesions of a low glycaemic load diet. A total of 32 patients with mild to moderate acne were randomly assigned to either a low glycaemic load diet or a control group diet, and completed a 10-week, parallel dietary intervention trial. Results indicate successful lowering of the glycaemic load. Subjects within the low glycaemic group demonstrated significant clinical improvement in the number of both non-inflammatory and inflammatory acne lesions. Histopathological examination of skin samples revealed several characteristics, including reduced size of sebaceous glands, decreased inflammation, and reduced expression of sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1, and interleukin-8 in the low glycaemic load group. A reduction in glycaemic load of the diet for 10 weeks resulted in improvements in acne. Key words: acne; epidemiology; IGF-1; diet; glycaemic load. From Acta Dermato Verereologica

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 List of Foods with High Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids serve crucial functions in growth and development. They are required for the maintenance of every cell in your body. Your body cannot synthesize essential fatty acids, so you depend on the food you eat for the essential fatty acids your body requires. You need to get a balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, but most Americans tend to get between 10 to 20 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, reports AnnCollins.com. A variety of foods can provide the essential fatty acids your body craves. From Livestrong

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