Your Diet and Your Skin: Window to Your Health

Introducing William James Tidwell, MD of Golden Coast Dermatology Skin and Vein Care

Everyone knows that eating well and being fit is good for your health. But can good nutrition keep your skin healthy and even reduce your risk of skin cancer?

According to dermatologist William Tidwell, MD of Golden Coast Dermatology in Mission Viejo, the short answer is - yes!

A healthy diet and lifestyle are widely supported in his dermatology care for a range of skin and vein medical conditions as well as eczema, acne, psoriasis, lupus, and skin allergies.

Dr. Tidwell’s holistic approach integrates health and nutrition with the highest quality dermatology care for his clients.

A fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Tidwell offers this minimally invasive surgical technique which removes skin cancers with a microscope. Citing the highest cure rate for any skin cancer treatment, the Mohs procedure removes the cancer in a series of layers processed in an onsite lab in only 45 minutes. During this time, every cell of the cancer is examined and removed while the healthier tissue is saved to ensure long term success.

Golden Coast Dermatology also specializes in vein care; also tied to several health and food factors. Increased body mass can contribute to varicose veins, so a healthy weight and plenty of fiber in the diet is helpful. Maintaining an active lifestyle is also a factor; prolonged sitting and not enough exercise can increase venous insufficiency. 

“Many people assume veins are just an aesthetic concern when wearing shorts or heels. For those who suffer from varicose veins know that the associated pain, swelling, night cramps, sleep disruption, achiness, or even ulcerations are much more than cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Tidwell.  For this reason, insurance and Medicare can cover vein therapies when symptoms are present.

Dr. Tidwell is also board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. With this specialized training, he uses ultrasound technology and local anesthesia to eliminate varicose veins and symptoms with new minimally invasive procedures. These modern methods are done in about an hour with patients back on their feet the same day. And by eliminating damaged veins, healthy blood circulation is restored and systems are relieved along with more youthful legs.

Other food and health and diet factors related to the skin include:


Greasy food also can increase acne and experts suggest avoiding milk/dairy products due to hormones. Treatments such as chemical peels may help treat this common skin disorder and fade post-inflammatory pigment changes.


Allergy patch testing can indicate a wide range of skin allergies which may be food related. Artificial colors and flavors cause reactions and some are affected by certain detergents, soaps, and dyes which can lead to rashes and allergic reactions. 


Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem so an anti-Inflammatory diet with a low glycemic index can help. A diet of fruits and vegetables and foods rich in omega-3-fatty acids can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and have a positive impact on blood sugar levels.

Diabetes Wound Care

Some experts suggest reducing red meat in managing blood sugars and diabetes. Dr. Tidwell can treat damaged veins associated with diabetes through special patches and treatments to promote healing.

Golden Coast Dermatology also offers cosmetic treatments including Botox and fillers and highly effective wrinkle eliminating treatments like micro needling.

The emphasis on skin care treatment plans for most conditions is early intervention.

Contact Golden Coast Dermatology for a consultation to discuss your skin related concerns and determine your ideal course of action.

Their state-of-the art facility in Mission Viejo/Laguna Niguel opened in early 2020 implementing strenuous protocols during the pandemic to keep their patients and staff safe.  Special hours and plans are available for vulnerable populations along with private rooms so patients are only in contact with staff. 

Dr. Tidwell has practiced dermatology for over seven years and relocated to South Orange County from San Diego with his wife Dr. Kiandra Tidwell, Ph.D. Psychologist earlier this year.

Golden Coast Dermatology is located at 26732 Crown Valley Parkway Suite 571, Mission Viejo.  Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Telehealth visits are available. Visit or call (949) 200-7008 to get started on your path to healthy skin.

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