What do you do when you get a client who comes to you with an itchy, painful, and even embarrassing chronic skin rash–like eczema, psoriasis, or even a severe case of rosacea, and asks what you should do? The client has already been to a dermatologist and regular doctor, and has not had good results from the medications prescribed. As an aesthetician, health coach, or Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner®, you want to help. You know you have some topicals that can help cool and soothe angry, rashed skin. But you also know that the client’s skin condition probably has a root cause that hasn’t been discovered yet; and while you can help with a lot of foundational healthy skin lifestyle recommendations, you know that functional testing is probably what’s needed to really see what’s going on. Who do you refer that client to? How do you know it’s the right referral?

In this episode of The Skin Wellness Pro Show, we had the pleasure of hosting NAA Advisory Board member, Jennifer Fugo, a clinical nutritionist and the host of the wildly popular “The Healthy Skin Show” podcast. Jennifer shared her expertise on empowering adults who have been failed by conventional medicine to beat chronic skin and gut challenges.

Watch Episode 1.09, “Skin Rash Clients: When (and How) to Refer with Jennifer Fugo” here:

Listen to (or download) the episode here:

Here are three key takeaways from this episode:

1️⃣ The importance of a holistic approach: Jennifer emphasized the need for a holistic approach when addressing chronic skin and gut challenges. She highlighted that medications may provide temporary relief, but they don’t always address the root cause of the issue. By taking a holistic approach that considers nutrition, lifestyle, and other factors, practitioners can better support their clients in achieving long-term skin wellness.

2️⃣ The power of collaboration: We discussed the value of collaboration and building a toolbox of resources for clients. Jennifer emphasized that she is not the right fit for everyone, and that’s okay. By having a network of trusted colleagues and resources, practitioners can refer clients to other experts who may better fit their specific needs. This collaborative approach ensures clients receive the best care and support on their skin wellness journey.

3️⃣ Empowering clients through education: Jennifer highlighted the importance of empowering clients through education. Instead of undermining what clients may have been told in the past, practitioners can provide them with resources, articles, and interviews to expand their knowledge and encourage them to explore different approaches. By allowing clients to digest information and make informed decisions, practitioners can empower them to take an active role in their skin wellness.

About Jennifer Fugo:

Clinical Nutritionist and skin rash expert, Jennifer FugoJennifer Fugo, MS, LDN, CNS is a clinical nutritionist empowering adults who’ve been failed by conventional medicine to beat chronic skin and unending gut challenges. She has experience working with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff + hives — with clientele ranging from regular folks to celebrities + professional athletes.

Jennifer also founded her own line of skincare + supplements available at www.QuellShop.com specifically for people struggling with these chronic skin issues. 

She holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist. Her work has been featured on Dr. Oz, Reuters, Yahoo!, CNN, and many podcasts and summits. Jennifer is a faculty member of the LearnSkin platform, an Amazon best-selling author, and the host of the Healthy Skin Show.

Connect with Jennifer:

Healthy Skin Show Podcast: https://skinterrupt.com/listen 

Quell Shop: https://www.quellshop.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeSchool

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/gfreeschool

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jenniferfugo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferfugo 

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jenniferfugo 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/jenfugo 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferfugo/ 

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Have you ever experienced a scenario like this–where you’ve had a client, struggling with a stubborn skin issue, who didn’t get the support he or she needed from their doctor? A client who you wanted to help, but you also wanted to be mindful of your scope of practice? How did you handle it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!