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11/08/21 L+A Now: Taking An Inside Out Approach To Acne

Learn About Gut Health And How Ingredients Interact With The Skin Microbiome.

Our skin and gut are home to trillions of microbes; bacteria, fungi, and viruses. As estheticians, we learn about the skin’s microbiome, but what about the gut-skin axis? Several studies confirm the profound connection between gut health and skin health. 

We are now learning that the bacteria and the fungi in our gut can either release very beneficial metabolites when we are healthy or release signals that can trigger more inflammation and breakdown of the gut. When the lining is damaged or the mix of bacteria becomes unhealthy, it triggers the release of inflammatory signals that affect the gut and the rest of the body. This can manifest as inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and dermatitis. The esthetician’s role is to introduce ingredients that will help bring skin back into balance which is a great opportunity to encourage the inside-out connection to healthy skin. 

The skin microbiome is also rich in bacteria, yeast, and fungi that can correlate strongly with oily, dry, or inflamed skin. The ingredients that we use on the skin, including cosmeceuticals, botanicals, preservatives, probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics, can influence the skin’s microbiome.

LearnSkin’s Integrative Esthetician Certificate Program introduces estheticians to concepts not commonly covered in esthetics school. Courses include lessons on gut health, how ingredients interact with the skin microbiome, and traditional approaches to skin health like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Raja Sivamani and Aliesh Pierce of LearnSkin’s IECP will discuss how the gut and skin microbiota is a vital part of what you’re seeing when you analyze your client’s skin in the treatment room. 

Join us for this 1 Hour Webisode  – Monday, November 8, 2021, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.

Hosts: Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP + Aliesh Pierce, LE

Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP

Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP, is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis, and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine. Dr. Sivamani engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

Aliesh Pierce, LE

Aliesh Pierce, LE is the Director of LearnSkin’s new Integrative Esthetician Certificate Program and author of Milady’s Aesthetics Series: Treating Diverse Pigmentation, a textbook educating estheticians about multi-ethnic protocols. She began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist in Milan. Moving back to the states, she attracted celebrity clients like Queen Latifah, India. Arie, Ming Na Wen, and the Obama family. However, when she wanted to get to the core of her client’s concerns, she turned to skincare and has been a licensed esthetician for 17 years.

 Her aesthetics career includes holding positions as the Director of Education for DMK Skin Revision and Veria Ayurvedic Skincare, the Marketing Manager for R&E Cosmetics Labs, and the Product Training Specialist for Vitality Institute. She also had a hand in formulating products for Daily Concepts and the new Viola Rouge cosmetics line.

 Aliesh divides her time working as an independent consultant, creating courses for her e-learning platform AskAliesh.com, and offering transformative skincare services at her skin treatment studio in Philadelphia, PA.

  1. Published online 2018 Jul 10 The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis, Iman Salem,1 Amy Ramser,2 Nancy Isham,1 and Mahmoud A. Ghannoum1,2,*
  2. Clin Exp Immunol. 2008 Sep; 153(Suppl 1):Allergy and the gastrointestinal system, G Vighi,* F Marcucci,‡ L Sensi,‡ G Di Cara,‡ and F Frati
  3. https://aanmc.org/featured-articles/naturopathic-skin-care/

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