What Is the Connection Between Your Brain & 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

At Amen Clinics, we have spent decades helping people just like you improve their brain health. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit.

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  1. Alice Gaetani says:

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

    • Jan says:

      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.

    • Denise Ross says:

      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

      • Amen Clinics says:

        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 –

  2. Antonia Shouse says:

    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.

    • Janos Lobb says:

      What did you do to clear yourself from Lyme?

      • Toni says:

        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.

  3. Dale Ash says:

    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.

    • Amen Clinics says:

      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!

  4. Fv says:

    Yes I am inquiring as well

  5. John A says:

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

  6. Lynda Jones says:

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

    • Toni says:

      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!

  7. Diane Wipf says:

    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?

    • Toni says:

      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!

  8. Heather Burch says:

    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?

    • Amen Clinics says:

      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 –

  9. Kim says:

    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?

  10. Tina Spence says:

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

  11. Iris says:

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

  12. RebekahR says:

    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?

  13. Monique Charland says:

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

  14. Ilse Adam says:

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

  15. Nathan Fors says:

    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?

  16. do you have any treatment for schizophrenia too ? says:

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


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