Health Story from Carla in SF

I suffered with acne and breakouts for more than a decade. I constantly questioned and blamed myself for not getting the results I wanted. In the beginning, I did and tried everything: medication, birth control, dozens of overpriced topical products claiming to be the “acne cure,” facials, treatments – you name it, I did it! After all of those failed to relieve my skin issues, I decided to try to understand why this was happening. I thought if I could only get healthier and eat cleaner, it would go away. Out of everything I had ever tried, changing my diet made the biggest difference, but it still wasn’t enough. I had to look deeper.

My interest and passion for nutrition goes back to high school. It literally has always been my career, in one form or another. After receiving my Bachelors of Science degree from San Diego State University in Foods and Nutrition, I intended to pursue a career in dietetics as a dietitian. This changed as I began to see that people were not getting healthier from conventional nutrition advice. My own health challenges at the time were such longtime symptoms that they were becoming “normal,” even though I knew inside that I did not feel right.

It had been three years since my last menstrual cycle, my face was breaking out uncontrollably, my weight was creeping up steadily, I had severe digestive distress, I was constantly cold (even in warm weather) and my hair was falling out in chunks! As a woman, I was devastated and didn’t know what was going on, and the only answer I was receiving from my doctors was antibiotics and birth control! Needless to say I was frustrated. With a background in science and the relentless mind of a scientist,  I was determined to understand what was going on in my body to help myself recover and regain my health.

I decided to explore other healthcare systems, cultures, and therapies. I traveled and explored other countries; it was at this time where I became enlightened to the fact that what I’d learned about nutrition wasn’t all that true. I developed a strong passion for this field of holistic/alternative health and became completely devoted to furthering my education to fit my newly discovered philosophy. Not long thereafter, I found the missing link I needed. I received my certification as a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) from the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. (NTA).

It was after years of education, self research, experimenting with an array of different nutrition plans, supplements and topical solutions that I finally understood what the root cause of my acne was.

Through my personal experience suffering with skin and digestive problems for years, I know how debilitating and frustrating this can feel. The experience and journey I have been on for my personal health has sparked my passion to pursue and specialize in skin health, so I have the opportunity to help others find a solution to their needs. Internal work and looking at many factors such as nutrition, stress, lifestyle, sleep, and even product usage can affect the body’s physiological response and therefore how the skin reacts. Only then can we begin to understand why we develop skin issues and get to the root of the problem once and for all!

Start by scheduling a complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss your concerns, health goals and find out how one of our wonderful Nutritionists on staff can help you! 


Breaking the Breakout Cycle – My Story


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Health educator, author and enterpreneur or ; cell 408-854-1883 Helping families in the bay area by providing compassionate and live-in caregivers for homebound bay area seniors. Blogs at Currently writing a self help and self cure ebook to help transform others in their journey to wellness, Healing within, transform inside and out. This is a compilation of topics Connie answered at and posts in this site.

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