What Is the Connection Between Your Brain & Skin?

What Is the Connection Between Your Brain and Skin

Did you know your skin’s condition may tell you the condition of your brain?

Skin, just like the brain, changes dramatically as we age. People age at different rates, according to:

• Inherited genes
• Environmental factors
• Diet
• Exercise
• Habits
• Hormones

Skin is the First Sign of Aging

Skin mirrors the first signs of aging, due to the hormonal decline in the body accompanying aging. Skin becomes thin, dry and pale in color, and it begins to form multiple fine wrinkles. As the skin goes, so goes the brain, because the brain is also being affected by the decline in hormones.

Cognitive decline can sometimes be attributed to hormone deficiency. But before jumping to replace hormones via hormone replacement therapy, be very diligent to discuss this carefully with an endocrinologist who is up on the latest research. The wrong hormones, at the wrong age, in the wrong doses, can actually increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

How to Use Natural Remedies to Balance Hormones

Using more natural ways to balance hormones, such as a healthy diet and exercise, along with supplements like fish oil, may be the safest route for most people to improve the quality of their brain and skin.

Skin aged prematurely by the sun shows deep wrinkling and develops many kinds of pigment changes. This “photo damage” triggers inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is also seen in premature brain aging, such as in Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Do Skin & the Brain Age in Similar Ways?

There is a biological reason that skin and brain age in similar ways. In early embryo, both skin cells and brain cells develop from the same kind of embryonic tissue (ectoderm). It is not feasible to do a brain biopsy to assess aging of brain tissue, but a skin biopsy is simple. Researchers are finding that skin cells can provide an experimental model for aging research on the brain.

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering the brain-skin link, what is good for the brain is also great for the skin. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed fish oil is beneficial for the brain and the skin. It appears to help limit the damage of radiation from the sun, give skin a younger appearance and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

This is good news because it means that you possess the power to change your brain! There are many ways to become sick, but there is a clear path to wellness and it’s simpler than you think. If you are ready to transform your life, we can help you.

Improve Your Brain Health

While it may not be common practice to think of your brain aging the same way you think of your skin aging, it is an important aspect to keep in mind. The age of your brain matters! It is directly related to your memory, moods, and overall sense of well-being.

At Amen Clinics, we have spent decades helping people improve their brain health and cognitive function, effectively reversing the age of our patients’ brains. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.


  1. How much is the average visit at new York site. Is Dr. Amen there? Any health coverage accepted

    Comment by Alice Gaetani — January 8, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

  2. yes, your correlation sounds reasonable but I do have a question, my 93 year old friend has terrible skin and an absolutely remarkable brain. I am 25 years younger and as of today look like i shall surely lose my entire head of once thick curly hair and after years trying to clear Lyme from my system the brain works better than it did in the midst of Lyme but way below what it was. Does hair factor in along with skin.

    Comment by Antonia Shouse — January 12, 2018 @ 3:21 AM

  3. I believe you can submit the bill to your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you. Amen clinics will not directly bill the company. And I believe they will tell you up front the battery of tests, the costs and the recommendation to stay close to the clinic for a few days to get all the tests. I would call or email them.

    Comment by Jan — January 12, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

  4. He is at one of the California sites but is not taking new patients. I was in Atlanta last week for the results of my Spect scan for baseline dementia. It was under $7000 for the full dementia analysis and worth every penny. Extensive blood work revealed my hormones were totally out of wack along with high mold in the blood and brain. Had my office tested yesterday for mold and it was unbelievable all the mold in my office. If you can afford it, go. Google Amen Clinics. You can set up an phone appointment with a doctor prior to your appointment to answer questions. $200 for hlf hour.

    Comment by Dale Ash — January 12, 2018 @ 4:23 AM

  5. Yes I am inquiring as well

    Comment by Fv — January 12, 2018 @ 4:44 AM

  6. When will you open a Houston office — I will be your first customer!

    Comment by John A — January 12, 2018 @ 7:03 AM

  7. I am interested in coming to the Orange County site for help with memory scan and Med eval &/or horemones. I have blue shield / blue cross insurance. Do you take it?
    Denise R 760-942-3426

    Comment by Denise Ross — January 12, 2018 @ 7:31 AM

  8. Is flax seed oil and evening primrose oil as effective at fish oil?

    Comment by Lynda Jones — January 12, 2018 @ 7:52 AM

  9. Fascinating! I am a Mary Kay consultant and care about maintaining our skin, but am also wanting to learn more how to avoid alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Thank you for this. Just wondering if putting fish oil directly on our skin would be beneficial?

    Comment by Diane Wipf — January 12, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

  10. What did you do to clear yourself from Lyme?

    Comment by Janos Lobb — January 12, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

  11. Hello Denise, thank you for reaching out! We’d love to have you visit our Orange County, CA location. For information regarding insurance coverage, reimbursement, or financing, please call and speak to one of our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834 or submit your questions on this form – https://amenclinics.com/schedule-visit/.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — January 12, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

  12. Hello John, we hope to open a clinic in the near future in Texas! It’s on our list, right now we’re working to open a clinic in Los Angeles. Thank you for your interest, please check back with us on future openings or visit our locations page – https://amenclinics.com/locations/.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — January 12, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

  13. Hello Dale, thank you very much for your feedback! We are happy to hear about your experiences with our Atlanta location! We are also so glad you had your office tested for mold and are working on a solution to the root of the problem!

    Comment by Amen Clinics — January 12, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

  14. I would love to come in for a brain scan at the Orange county office. I suffered from clinical depression for 25 years, abuse, PTSD, and rejection. I am so curious as to the state of my brain at this point. Plus, my hormones are horribly out of whack, as is evidenced in my skin.
    But I fear I could never afford the visits. I too, have Blue Shield PPO. Is there a payment plan available?

    Comment by Heather Burch — January 12, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

  15. Hello Heather, thank you for reaching out! We’d love to have you visit our Orange County, CA location. For information regarding insurance coverage, reimbursement, or financing, please call and speak to one of our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834 or submit your questions on this form – https://amenclinics.com/schedule-visit/.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — January 12, 2018 @ 1:40 PM

  16. When one bangs one’s head hard accidentally on a glass panel and can feel bruising on the skull and starts having tension headaches all over the head, and neck and shoulder ache- should I get checked and do MRI?

    Comment by Kim — January 13, 2018 @ 3:20 AM

  17. Could you give me an idea of a good dose of fish oil?

    Comment by Tina Spence — January 13, 2018 @ 4:10 AM

  18. Fish oil supplements give me added gas problems is there a substitute?

    Comment by Iris — January 13, 2018 @ 5:23 AM

  19. I was wondering the same thing as I prefer to get Omega 3 via ground flax seeds; then I don’t have to be concerned about the possible mercury in fish oil supplements!

    Comment by Toni — January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

  20. If you’ve ever taken fish oil that’s not in a capsule, you’d know that it reeks with fish smell; not conducive to putting on the skin!

    Comment by Toni — January 13, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

  21. I’m in my 5th week of taking a five-year Rx for Arimedex following Stage 1 lumpectomy and 16 days of full breast radiation. I’m already experiencing mood swings, restless sleep & bruising…. my MO suggested an antidepressant. I would prefer not going that route.
    I’m most concerned about the effects on my brain. Does Dr Amen have any comments about this protocol? or alternatives?

    Comment by RebekahR — January 13, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

  22. Please let me know when you open your office in Los Angeles this year. Thanks.

    Comment by Monique Charland — January 13, 2018 @ 4:13 PM

  23. If you’re struggling with Lyme, you should look up Dr. Jay Davidson; he’s considered an expert after helping his wife recover from it. I think he’s also written a book that was recently released.

    Comment by Toni — January 13, 2018 @ 7:07 PM

  24. Hello, do you have an office in Florida, if so, whereabout? Thanks

    Comment by Ilse Adam — January 14, 2018 @ 1:46 AM

  25. Interest piqued! My son who is bipolar also has psoriasis – of note is the fact that when manic his psoriasis will clear like magic. Any other articles or info on this skin/ brain link?

    Comment by Nathan Fors — January 14, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

  26. you guys never mentioned about schizophrenia treatment , is there any reason ? i need to know .

    Comment by do you have any treatment for schizophrenia too ? — January 22, 2018 @ 7:14 PM

  27. Hurry up and get to Houston! 4 th Largest City in the nation and a cranking economy!! Lots of need here!

    Comment by Ceast — March 19, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

  28. Hi, I’m a patient and just started in March at the Orange County clinic. I initially decided to go for my son and offered the same to my daughter to be fair to them both as I knew it would be several thousand dollars each. While drawing out my retirement funds I thought heck why not do this myself, can’t hurt. MY goodness it turns out I needed this as much as my son (if not more) given my age and time left. If I could shout from the rooftop to everyone out there I would, I talk it up so much because I’m now filled with hope (after getting over the shock of diagnosis). Amen clinic worked with me insofaras I sought a discount for the three of us and yes they obliged. WHY OH WHY isn’t this mainstream health care is beyond me, it’s paramount for our longevity. Look at modern life, bombarded with fake foods, toxic air, toxic furniture, beds and mattresses, face and body creams loaded with chemicals and teeth from a few short years ago filled with mercury. Excuse me but WTF! I’m currently undergoing tests to identify the toxin that has essentially been eating away at my brain. No surprises there I suspect the mercury for sure and also testing for mold. To me I realize the 9800 dollars I spent on the THREE of us that could have been a new car in retirement matters not one bit compared to living well in retirement and being active, having a side job for income easily outways the cost….because the direction I was heading and care required long term would make those costs a drop in the ocean. Whoever is reading this don’t wait, run and get your appointment – if you somehow found Dr.Amen there is an angel on your shoulder who wants you well. I got sick with the flu at Christmas and found him on TedX best sick days I’ve ever had! Get Tanas cookbook too, she’s fab! Sincerely, Jeanne

    Comment by Jeanne Hamer — April 11, 2018 @ 6:36 AM

  29. I agree Jeanne. I took my son to the clinic in Atlanta and am taking my daughter next week. I I have instituted a lot of his recommendations in our diet and am taking the recommended supplements along with exercise and brain health activities. If I could afford it, I would have all of my family have the scan. However, at the very least, we can all start eating , exercising and taking brain healthy supplements.

    Comment by Pat Bennett — April 23, 2018 @ 6:29 AM


    Comment by JOANN YOZWIAK — May 8, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

  31. Hello Joann, thank you for reaching out. Currently we don’t have a clinic location in Ohio, our locations can be found here: https://amenclinics.com/locations/. We hope to continue expanding! Stay tuned.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — May 8, 2018 @ 7:50 AM

  32. Which is better , ground Flaxseed or Flaxseed oil I have very dry eyes and it is supposed to be good for that. thank you !!

    Comment by Roberta Andrews — June 29, 2018 @ 7:18 AM

  33. Do you treat conversion disorders? My granddaughter is a young teenager and has found nothing that helps, so far.

    Comment by juanita g kling — September 6, 2018 @ 5:09 AM

  34. What can be done for premature aging skin due to sun damage
    and also from the effects of Prednisone taken for asthma? Have
    had no Prednisone for over 5 years but am left with thin skin
    which bruises very easily? Thank you.

    Comment by Rita — March 4, 2019 @ 5:44 AM

  35. Are there any plans for an Oregon clinic?

    Comment by Rilma — March 7, 2019 @ 12:24 PM

  36. Were you pleased with your experience? Has your son and daughters health improved?

    Comment by Jill — March 22, 2019 @ 4:09 AM

  37. I ordered dr amen video set. Haven’t had the chance to hear it all. It makes so much sense. I hadn’t known that he had an actual clinic. Brain scan sounds like something I would like to try.

    Was wondering the cost. Also is it part of a plan that costs lots. Or is there just a brain scan. Also do you need to be injected with a dye before having the scan done? I’m nervous about the dye since people I know had a reaction to dyes injected before scans. I have lots of allergies with reactions. Not able to have colored dyes in food either ate there ways also they can treat me with out a brain scan?
    Is the scan the first part of all treatments


    Comment by Nanci — March 23, 2019 @ 4:51 AM

  38. Texas: Dr. Johnson, Environmental doctor, just outside of Dallas, tests & treats mold illnesses. Even a simple deep nose swab provides a lot of results from what we are inhaling. He takes some insurances. There are docs who specialize in mold.good luck!

    Comment by Mold patient — March 23, 2019 @ 5:39 AM

  39. I’ve been taking Arctic Sea by Forever Living Products (aloedori.flp.com) for the past 5 years. Product literature says it contains a critical balance of Omega 3 and 6 and is sourced out responsibly. At 58, I feel that my brain functions are much better than when I was in my university days! Plus, I don’t feel lethargic at all whenever I read books.

    Comment by Day Omega — April 30, 2019 @ 10:46 PM

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