Can Mold Cause Acne?

impact of mold skin

Today we’re talking about something we haven’t covered before and that’s health and skin problems associated with mold exposure.

Mold exposure can lead to a number of symptoms. Some of the early warning signs show up on the skin and include acne, hives, dermatitis, other rashes. And there can be other symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory loss, unexplained pain and a number of other symptoms. If you have these or other symptoms and you haven’t been able to get to the root cause, your answer may be in this podcast.

My guest today is Dr. Jill Carnahan. Dr. Jill received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. She is double board-certified in Family Medicine (ABFM) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). Dr. Jill was part of the first 100+ health-care practitioners to be certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP). She founded Flatiron Functional Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where she partnered in functional medicine with Dr. Robert Rountree. She recently opened a new medical clinic in Louisville, Colorado. Dr. Jill is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and is passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is also committed to teaching other physicians how to address underlying causes of illness rather than just treating symptoms.

On today’s podcast, we talk with Dr. Jill Carnahan about how to know if mold exposure may be an issue for you and what to do about it. Dr. Jill covers testing and valuable resources that I think you’ll be interested to hear about. Many of the symptoms of mold exposure can be misdiagnosed with other health conditions, so it’s important to know what to look for because it may be the missing piece for your health.

According to Dr. Jill, there is a surprising link between mold exposure and adult acne. If you’ve been struggling with persistent cystic acne that seems unaffected by traditional remedies, it might be time to explore the connection with C4A, a crucial component of the immune system activated during mold exposure. Unlike hormonal acne, addressing mold exposure could be the key to clearer skin. Dr. Jill delves into how mold triggers histamine reactions, leading to issues like hives and dermatitis. From scalp irritation to rashes in warm areas of the body, your skin’s health is intricately connected to your environment.

So please enjoy this interview…


I hope you enjoyed this interview today with Dr. Jill Carnahan

To learn more about Dr. Jill, visit her website here.

And here are the other links and resources she mentioned during her interview:

Her blog post on mold

Mast Cell/skin issues related to CiRS

ERMI and HERTSMI II testing

Biotoxin CIRS Labs

Dr. Shoemaker Resources

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