Healthy Skin Specialist

Clara Barnett, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncturist located in Seattle, WA

You are what you eat, and what you eat may be reflected in your outward appearance. Healthy skin starts from within, and Dr. Clara Barnett, ND, LAc, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist in Seattle understands that food plays a vital role in skin health. Dr. Barnett combines her knowledge of naturopathic medicine and nutrition to help you get the healthiest skin possible at every age. Call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking system to take the first step toward promoting a healthier appearance from the inside out.

Healthy Skin

How does food affect skin health?

The foods you consume make a big difference in your skin’s health. In fact, some foods are so powerfully reflected in your skin that they either work toward a healthy or unhealthy outcome. The foods you eat (or don’t eat) can:

  • Affect your hormones and cause acne
  • Increase or decrease inflammation
  • Increase or decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  • Protect against the damaging effect of the sun
  • Hydrate your skin
  • Improve circulation
  • Decrease your risk of certain skin cancers
  • Increase collagen and elastin for firm skin

One of the best ways to discover how the foods you regularly eat are affecting your skin is to eliminate them for six weeks during a dietary detoxification program.

What is dietary detoxification?

Since the foods you regularly eat can make such an impact on your skin, Dr. Barnett often recommends embarking on a six-week dietary detox program that she customizes specifically for you.

When you eliminate the unhealthy foods you typically eat and replace them with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and good fats, for example, you may see a difference in your skin’s outward appearance. Acne may clear up while you detox, or a chronic rash may disappear, or your skin may become smoother and less scaly.

Dr. Barnett also combines acupuncture with healthy eating and dietary detox because acupuncture enhances the detoxification process, allowing your body to more easily eliminate toxins from your system. The less toxic buildup you have, the more benefits you may notice in your skin’s appearance.

How does acupuncture create healthy skin?

Acupuncture has so many benefits, and healthier, more hydrated skin is one of them. When Dr. Barnett uses tiny needles to penetrate your skin during an acupuncture treatment session, your skin goes into repair mode. This generates a response in which your body renews and hydrates your skin by sending more oxygen and blood flow to the surface of your skin as well as stimulating collagen production.

After several acupuncture sessions, you may notice a difference in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and puffiness that once used to be a regular part of your appearance.

Along with dietary detox, acupuncture, and healthy eating programs, Dr. Barnett also partners with a dermatology practice to ensure that you get the best possible skin care in the Seattle area. When you take a holistic approach to healthier skin and help to create it from within, you’ll see the benefits each time you look in the mirror.

Call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about promoting healthier skin at any age.