Sophia Culpo Shares How Her Gut Health Helped Clear Up Her Skin


Wellness and nutrition influencer Sophia Culpo has just undergone a Vivace Microneedling with Radio Frequency treatment and she’s glowing from the inside out. At the Perspectives: The Evolution of Aesthetics symposium, the buzz around the latest and greatest in skin care is centered around getting the most out of your skin-care treatments without the downtime.

Culpo, who is fresh off a treatment when she sits down with us, is the perfect embodiment of just how quickly and how effortlessly these treatments work. “Did it hurt?” I asked. “Because, you’re not even red.”

“I have a pretty high tolerance when it comes to pain,” said Culpo. “So, for me, it didn’t hurt at all. I was a little more sensitive around my lip and my forehead, but my skin is thinner there. The numbing was the perfect amount. I could feel the needle, so I know I’m getting something done, but I didn’t have to ask anybody to stop or go lighter—it was perfect.”

Sophia Culpo undergoing a Vivace Microneedling treatment at the Perspectives:The Evolution of Aesthetics conference in Orlando, FL. Photo Credit: Aesthetics Biomedical

Culpo knows a lot about what works and what doesn’t for her skin. She says a recent journey to identify the cause of gestational issues led her to understand better why she has struggled with breakouts in the past. “I have an autoimmune disease and I’m in the process of doing the many tests to pinpoint what it is, but it’s something along the lines of either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.”

According to Culpo, once she began to isolate where her gastrointestinal issues came from, she was able to find out why her skin would react how it did during certain times of the year.

“IBS—which is typically what you call it when someone doesn’t have a full diagnosis—manifests into a lot of skin conditions that people don’t actually know about. Usually when you think of gut health, you think of just stomach problems. However, your gut and your brain are so intimately connected, and so is your skin.”

Culpo is not alone. Data from The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America states that skin disorders affect about five percent of people with inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

“I have dermatitis all around my nose and my mouth, and one thing I realized is I cannot used salicylic acid in those areas. So, this is something I found out that has really helped, but I still believe less is more when it comes to skin care. That’s why I love these types of microneedling procedures, because I’m not someone who can use a retinol every day.”

For the influencer, who just wrapped up an Instagrammable vacation in Greece with her sisters Olivia and Aurora, treating her skin without having added downtime is a bonus. “Sometimes my skin can be really reactive, it varies day to day and depends on how my immune system is acting that day, but today is a good one. I don’t want to take photos with my face beaming red or looking like I just got a sunburn, so I’m happy I can see these kind of results and still look ‘normal.’”