The Sunscreen Controversy and Gut Health for Beautiful Skin | Dr. Whitney Bowe, Dermatologist

Dr. Whitney Bowe on Atomic Moms podcast

Dr. Whitney Bowe on Atomic Moms podcast

#221 - Did you see the FDA's recent sunscreen announcement? Not only are sunscreen chemicals absorbed into our blood, but it remains unclear whether 12 ingredients currently used in sunscreens are safe! We need to protect ourselves and our kids from skin cancer, but what’s a parent to do?

Well, of course, Ellie calls the best in skincare to find out. Dr. Whitney Bowe, research scientist, dermatologist, and mom, shares her thoughts on Atomic Moms about this latest sunscreen controversy, and how we can best protect our health.

And then, we riff on the microbiome, the gut-brain-skin axis, and the importance of cultivating the gut’s good bacteria in order to support our immune system, mental health, and our skin. Dr. Bowe’s Dirty Looks: The Secret to Beautiful Skin is full of scientific research and simple lifestyle changes with a big impact. This episode is for anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety or IBS or inflammation. Pretty much everyone who listens to Atomic Moms! 

xx Ellie Knaus

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Crib Notes + Episode Research

Expert Dr. Whitney Bowe Shares How To Glow While On The Go - Forbes, January 2019

The Microbiome | The Nutrition Source - Harvard.Edu

Shedding New Light on Sunscreen Absorption - FDA, May 2019

Sunscreen Ingredients are Absorbed into Your Blood. Here’s What That Could Mean - Time, May 2019

What to know about SIBO and its treatment - Medical News Today, Feb 2019

10 Signs You Have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) - Amy Myers MD

How to Fascinate - Sally Hogshead

Dr. Whitney Bowe x Cabana Life Summer Escape Collection - Sun Protection

As Dr. Bowe eloquently reveals in The Beauty of Dirty Skin, healthy skin is a manifestation of a healthy gut. Leading scientific research now confirms that the multitude of microbes living within our digestive systems plays a pivotal role in determining the health of our largest organ, the skin. And while consumers expend hundreds of millions of dollars on topical approaches for better skin, The Beauty of Dirty Skin directly challenges this approach with a straightforward plan to create beauty and radiance from the inside out.
— ―David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker


Renowned New York-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe is committed to achieving and maintaining the health and radiance of her patients’ skin. One of the most in-demand dermatologists in the country, Dr. Bowe specializes in skin rejuvenation, laser dermatology, and the link between nutrition and skincare. Her work has earned the attention of top media outlets, netting her invitations to lend her expertise on programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray ShowThe Doctors, and Dr. Oz, and publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ALLURE and INSTYLE.

Dr. Bowe attended Yale University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Upon graduation, she was named a 21st Century Gamble Scholar and was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated top of her class.

Atomic Moms podcast pairing:

In Case of Emergency | Dr. Kurt Newman "Healing Children"

Do you have an action plan if your child needs immediate emergency care?

What if your mama gut instinct contradicts the specialist you are consulting with?

And if your kid gets hurt, should you really drive to a children's hospital if it's further away than the good hospital down the street?

Dr. Kurt Newman, CEO of one of the top children's hospitals in the country and pediatric surgeon extraordinaire, shares life lessons and life-saving tips from his new memoir Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine (Penguin Random House, June 2017).

For generations, our esteemed guest has healed children, empowered families, and improved the pediatric medical system. Your heart will melt from the lesson he shares from a date night gone wrong with his future wife. And you'll get revved up when we discuss how the proposed health care plan directly effects children in this country.

No matter your kids' ages, this episode will make you a better mama bear when they need you most!


"Kurt Newman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a surgeon and a recognized leader on pediatric health issues, nationally and in Washington, D.C.

Since becoming CEO in 2011, he has fostered a culture committed to advancing care and research by putting patients first and actively championed innovations in research, operations, and clinical care. He has forged creative and productive partnerships with other health systems in the region, with government and community entities and with industry, at the local, national, and global level. He is also a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.

Dr. Newman joined Children’s National as a surgical fellow in 1984, becoming the Surgeon-In-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the vision for the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, inspired by the audacious goal of making surgery for children minimally invasive and pain free. When the Institute was made possible in 2009 through a transformational $150 Million gift, Dr. Newman served as its Founding Vice President.

Currently Dr. Newman serves as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Leadership Committee on Advocacy and Policy and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association and a member of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia. In addition, Dr. Newman serves on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, and Fight for Children. Previously, he served as a Board Member of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Newman is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical education at Duke University. He completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and also served as the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

He is the author of "Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine" by Penguin Random House."