Acne, eczema and psoriasis: How an unhappy gut can impact your skin
Our gut and our skin, two of the most important organs of our body, have an intimate relationship. They communicate through our microbiome system via what’s known as the Gut-Skin Axis. When the healthy bacteria in our gut is compromised, the imbalance can lead to Dysbiosis. It can also impact our immune system, metabolism and endocrine pathways by regulating metabolic functions.
What causes an imbalance in the gut and why does it show in your skin?
Although there are multiple factors that can cause an imbalance in the gut, poor diet is the key disruptor. Sugar, processed foods, low fibre and GMOs commonly create an inflammatory response within the body. However, non-diet related factors like lack of sleep, high stress and environmental toxins, also contribute.
Our bacteria’s reaction to the imbalance in the gut microbiome can create a stress-related response in the skin through the Gut-Skin Axis. Gastrointestinal ailments can lead to conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis and rosacea. To reduce symptoms of certain skin conditions, it’s important to think about the types of food you are consuming and whether your intestinal tract is able to break them down effectively.
Support a healthy gut and alleviate skin concerns by eating the right foods
Recent research shows that probiotics effectively reduce skin disorders, improve gut microbiome and restore the Gut-Skin Axis pathway. A 2018 study conducted by the Frontiers in Microbiology concluded that probiotics can successfully suppress Propionibacterium acnes— the bacteria that promotes acne outbreaks. If you’re consuming probiotics regularly, they secrete an antibacterial protein that represses the growth of P.acnes. Lactobacillus species and Bifidobacterium species are the two main elements in probiotics that help treat P.acnes.
As for eczema, a chronically inflamed skin disease, research suggests probiotics reduce the severity of this condition. A small meta-analysis study by Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine concluded that those who took probiotics for a minimum of eight weeks noticed a significant reduction in their atopic dermatitis.
Another way to support your gut microbiome is by adding resistant starch to your diet. These molecules can be found in cooked and cooled potatoes as well as pasta, beans, legumes and green bananas. When resistant starch is consumed, it undergoes fermentation by your gut microbiota in which short chain fatty acids are produced (SCFAs) acetate, propionate, and butyrate. The key SCFA is butyrate and its role is to reduce inflammation and improve the gut barrier function.
In the last few years, fermented foods have also made a mighty comeback! They contain a substantial dose of beneficial probiotics that help restore the balance of friendly gut bacteria. Studies have also shown that fermented foods often alleviate digestive issues. Foods such as cultured milk and yoghurt, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and kombucha are sources of naturally fermented foods.
Invest in the right targeted gut health supplements, to support your skin
When it comes to our skin, there are many diverse inflammatory skin conditions. And given our skin is the first protective barrier against external toxins, we must protect and nourish it from the inside. Upping your intake in probiotics, resistant starch and fermented foods will help support your intestinal tract and allow your Gut-Skin Axis to flourish. And an easy way to get everything you need is through our Gut Replenish formula. It contains necessary sources of prebiotics and probiotics to foster a happy microbiome.
Organic Green Banana powder provides resistant starch, Sunfiber® provides soluble fibre, and insoluble fibre comes in the form of several supportive ingredients. These prebiotics act as food for thriving gut bacteria while two unique and powerful strains of probiotics further support gut balance.
From eczema to acne, uneven gut flora can result in a plethora of skin issues. Improve your gut health and keep your skin clear by adding Iluminos’s Gut Replenish into your diet. It works to eradicate the nasty microbiomes in your digestive tract while ensuring a healthy Gut-Skin Axis.
The above information is general in nature and is intended for educational use only. Here at Iluminos we understand that every individual is not the same and that we are all created differently. If you are concerned about your skin or your gut health, seeking help from a qualified health professional is always recommended.
- Salem, I. Ramser, A. Ghannoum, MA. (2018). ‘The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis’, Frontiers in Microbiology, (9), pp.1459. [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/#!po=2.77778
- Ogawa, M. Saiki, A. Nakamura, T. (2016). ‘Effects of oral intake of heat-killed Lactobacillus brevis SBC8803 (SBL88) on dry skin conditions: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study’, Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 12 (6), pp. 3863-3872. [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5228549/?report=reader
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