Dr. David G. Changaris

About Me

As I began my study of skin problems, it quickly became clear that skin condition was a result of many causes. As a scientist, categorizing probable causes comes as second nature, so I began to document and speculate as to what I was learning.

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The Human Body

In addition to what we traditionally define as the “human body”, we live in a usually harmonious, “host/parasite” environment with microorganisms. The microbiome of the gut is essential to nutrition. Less is known about the microbiome of the skin. What is known is that when any one microorganism becomes dominant, the skin may react in a range of symptoms. We also know that there are many things that will damage or change the microbiome.

Skin Microbiome

When it comes to keeping harmful things out of the body, skin is a remarkable barrier. But many chemicals, especially man-made chemicals, can easily penetrate that barrier, entering the body and gut microbiome.

Everyone has this most common yeast on their skin. It plays a larger role than Candida. We get it from our moms by the 3rd month of life. Malassezia yeast make up the vast majority of your skin's microbiome. Scientists are just now becoming aware it may do more than live on our skin for our entire lives. 

Preservatives used in skincare are not tested against Malassezia. Malassezia live quietly and may become invasive when their biome is disordered by traditional skincare preservatives. This imbalance worsens with multiple antibacterial preservatives. Our founder, Dr. David Changaris, made a groundbreaking discovery 5 years ago that Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) can effectively prevent and control the overgrowth of Malassezia and Candida yeast (US Patent 20190117608 A1). Our calming cleansers kill all Malassezia species tested. These tests are used clinically by physicians to choose effective treatments of infections. Mothers use our cleansers on their babies. 

CLA has a unique capacity to both reduce overgrowth of microbes and not create resistance. And it eliminates the need for questionable artificial surfactants and preservatives. This led to the creation of Ceela Naturals. This vegan, and common allergen-free skin care line that contains no chemical preservatives, emulsifiers, or detergents. Dr. Changaris has over 11 patents for his innovative work. Achieve healthy, radiant skin by using Ceela Naturals, and start your journey to better skin today!

Good for the body, good for the skin

If something is good for the body, it is good for the skin. The converse is also true. However, some people have allergies and intolerances to things they eat, breath, or touch which may not be harmful to other people. This can result in skin problems in addition to other symptoms. An allergy is an immune system reaction while a sensitivity is the body or the microbiome lacking a chemical or enzyme needed to process the material.

According to the FDA, there are 9 major food allergies. None of these ingredients are used in our products.

"Over prescribing" antibiotics

Physicians have become more aware of the harmful effects of “over prescribing” antibiotics. Many have also pointed out that various types of preservatives in food and skin care products may also act like antibiotics in that they kill some things while allowing other things to flourish.

In my studies, I learned that CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid-a natural product found in grass fed ruminants and vegetable oils) has several remarkable effects both when ingested and when applied to the skin.

Although CLA has been intensely studied for almost forty years and its many benefits are well documented, a clear understanding of exactly how it works has not yet been developed. We know it works, but there's no consensus as to why it works.

When CLA is combined with a salt, it becomes a soap. When used as a nutritional supplement, it promotes the growth of lean muscle mass and reduces fat.

Of particular interest is that in low concentrations it seems to have a “calming” effect on the skin microbiome helping maintain a balance. Unlike an anti-bacterial agent, which kills all but the most resistant organisms, CLA seems to retard the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and fungi without harming the biome.

I decided in 2001 to form a skin care manufacturing company to offer products that did not contain known common allergens, fragrances, and preservatives, but, where useful, did contain CLA. Many people using these products report good experiences. While we cannot guarantee similar results, we do offer a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. Our products are produced in our FDA Registered Common Food Allergen-Free Manufacturing facility in Louisville, Kentucky.