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It’s not a secret that skin issues can be challenging for both the people dealing with them and the loved ones around them. While we try our best to understand our children’s physical and emotional needs, their skin problems can feel like an uphill battle. That is why it’s so important to dig deeper into what may be causing these symptoms and address them from within before relying only on topical treatments. In this post, let’s unlock the secrets of radiant skin by looking at how you, as a parent or caretaker, can help your kids nourish their bodies and promote healthy habits for clearer (and happier) skin!


The Inside Job: Gut Health Matters!

Having beautiful skin has less to do with what you put ON your face compared to what you put IN – your mouth. 

In addition, it’s important to note that what you choose not to put on your skin can also have a significant impact. Taking a closer look at how your child’s diet and gut health influence their skin’s appearance is a vital aspect to consider. By delving deeper into this connection, you can gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute to maintaining healthy and glowing skin.


The Gut-Skin Connection

Do you know that many common skin issues, such as acne, eczema, and dryness, can often be traced back to poor gut health and a high toxic load in the body? To ensure your child achieves truly healthy and glowing skin, it is crucial to focus on nurturing the vibrant ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria residing in their intestines. 

Similar to tending a well-maintained garden, these tiny bugs require consistent care, nourishment, and the right environment to flourish. By giving your child the right attention and support, you can help them create a healthy internal ecosystem that will shine through in their beautiful skin.

Feeding Your Gut Garden

To maintain good gut health, it is crucial to cultivate a diverse range of beneficial gut bacteria, just like tending to a flourishing flower or vegetable garden. Unfortunately, many individuals unknowingly deprive their good gut bugs of essential nourishment and inadvertently provide sustenance to the harmful ones. 

When there’s an imbalance, it can lead to different skin problems, like acne and other skin concerns. So, it’s important to focus on having a well-balanced diet and taking care of our gut health. These practices are crucial for nurturing a healthy ecosystem of microbes in our bodies.


Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar
    This is a top offender. Sugar is everywhere, especially in processed foods. Reducing sugar intake can do wonders for your child’s skin.
  • Gluten
    Found in wheat, rye, and barley, gluten can hinder digestion and trigger immune responses, leading to skin issues.
  • Antacids
    Suppressing stomach acid can allow harmful bacteria to thrive in the gut.
  • Harmful Fats
    Avoid vegetable oils, trans-fats, and fats from conventionally raised meat.


What You Don’t Put On Matters Too!

Besides making dietary changes, it’s important to pay attention to and improve your child’s beauty routine. Yep, get involved! Numerous beauty products commonly found on the market may contain harmful ingredients that can have adverse effects on their skin as well as their overall health. 

By educating yourself on the potential risks and choosing safer alternatives, you can make sure your child’s skincare routine promotes their well-being and takes better care of their skin.

Unregulated Beauty Products

You know, it’s quite concerning how most beauty products, like makeup, perfumes, shampoos, and styling products, aren’t properly regulated. Companies can actually get away with using potentially harmful ingredients without any consequences. Can you believe that?


These substances can disrupt hormones, increase cancer risk, and affect fertility. Shockingly, you apply these products to your child’s skin daily, and they get absorbed directly into their bloodstream.

The Fragrance Dilemma

Fragrance, often listed as “perfume” in cosmetics, can contain numerous dangerous chemicals. Be cautious and avoid products with this vague ingredient when possible.


What Can You Do?

Don’t panic and toss out all your child’s skincare products and cosmetics at once. Take a gradual approach.

Research: Start by researching the products your child uses most frequently. Look for safer alternatives.

Switch Gradually Replace one product at a time to make the transition easier and more cost-effective.


Use Helpful Resources Apps and websites like ThinkDirty, EWG’s Skin Deep, and the Good Guide can help you assess the safety and toxicity of personal care products.


Balanced Beauty, and Healthy Gut 

Radiant skin is beautiful, and despite it being mostly genetic-based, proper nurturing is required in order for us to bring out the natural beauty that we possess. It all starts with gut health! It is essential to incorporate wholesome foods into our diets, ensure that we are getting a balanced plan of probiotics and prebiotics, and refuse to accept overly processed snacks. When considering what we apply topically, similar rules apply as to what goes in our body: if the ingredients wouldn’t be safe or practical to consume, they’re probably not beneficial for your skin either. Parents can feel empowered knowing that a combination of healthy living habits will ensure their children have access to brighter-looking skin. If you’d like more information about how our team at Covington Pediatrics can provide additional resources on this front, please don’t hesitate to call us at 770-787-7444 and learn how setting up a consultation could help! Let’s do the inside job together for brighter skin!


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional