Course: Gut Dysbiosis and its Role in Skin Disease
Gut Dysbiosis and Its Role in Skin Disease
Jennifer Brand, MPH MS CNS +1

The health of the gut microbiome is increasingly being shown to be an important factor in health issues. Evidence points toward an intimate relationship of the gut-skin axis which demonstrates that gut dysbiosis plays a role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea. Antibiotic use, poor diet, and stress can contribute to an imbalance of microbes living in the gut. By addressing gut dysbiosis, research suggests that skin health may improve. Interventions that may be helpful include: probiotics, prebiotics, diet, herbal/natural antimicrobials, gut supportive nutrients, digestive factors, and stress management. Addressing gut dysbiosis (even in the absence of clinical gut-related symptoms) gives physicians another potent tool to support their patients struggling with chronic conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of gut dysbiosis in skin health and in the development of skin diseases including eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea
  • Explain the role of antibiotics, stress and diet as contributing factors to gut dysbiosis and skin disease
  • Differentiate between probiotics and prebiotics, and explain their roles in rebalancing the gut microbiome and benefiting skin health
  • Identify natural/herbal antimicrobial agents for gut dysbiosis
  • Explain the efficacy of gut supportive nutrients and digestive factors for gut dysbiosis


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Jennifer Brand

Jennifer Brand, MPH, MS, CNS is an integrative and clinical nutritionist, and the founder of Jennifer Caryn Brand Nutrition. She specializes in childhood skin rashes, food allergies and sensitivities, and gut problems. Jennifer’s own struggle with gut problems and disordered eating, her father’s battle with psoriasis turned psoriatic arthritis, her brother’s diagnosis of psoriasis, and her mother’s diagnosis of vitiligo left her frustrated, and stirred her search for a different approach as conventional means fell flat.

In 2013 she opened her private, clinical nutrition practice. Jennifer left her corporate healthcare career in 2017 to focus full time on helping clients get relief by addressing imbalances in the gut microbiome.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Voyagela, as well as on podcasts, online summits, and in-person presentations at venues such as Casa Colina Hospital in California.

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Jennifer Fugo

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS, LDN is a licensed clinical nutritionist empowering people failed by conventional approaches to beat chronic skin and unending gut challenges. Because she’s overcome a long history of gut issues and eczema, Jennifer has empathy and insight to help her clients discover missing pieces and create doable integrative plans.

She has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Her work has been featured on Dr. Oz, Reuters, Yahoo!, CNN, and many podcasts and summits. Jennifer is the host of the Healthy Skin Show podcast.

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