How Does Gut Health Affect Skin? Do you have rosacea or inflamed skin? Dermoi will help you learn why an unhealthy gut leads to unhealthy skin, and what steps you can take to support your digestive system.
What’s the Relationship Between Our Gut and Our Skin?
The skin is the most abundant organ in the body, so you can be forgiven for thinking that looking after your face is the only way to keep it healthy.
So how does gut health affect the skin? The gut barrier contains millions of bacteria in the body, including healthy ones such as commensal bacteria. Such bacteria leave no space for harmful ones to colonise the gut and digestive tract.
If mucus and harmful bacteria target the digestive tract, the skin becomes compromised, leaving it open to inflammation. This can cause skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
The body naturally produces good and bad bacteria, however, if the numbers favour the bad side, much of the gut, body and skin will become inflamed.
What Is a Healthy Gut?
A healthy gut is necessary for your overall health, but what does a healthy gut look like? Your digestive system helps absorb and break down food, allowing your body to convert the nutrients into energy. Keeping the microbiome (a good organism containing yeast and fungi) strong helps digest fibre-rich foods while controlling and maintaining the immune system.
A healthy gut also includes beneficial immune cells and healthy bacteria that aid in proper digestive function. It does this while also preventing viruses and fungi from infecting the body. This means that keeping our digestive health optimal allows the immune system to function optimally. This is due to the diverse species of bacteria starving off viruses and their variants.
If the number of good bacteria outweighs the bad ones, then it is more than likely that your gut is healthy. More probiotics need to be consumed for an increased chance of different species of bacteria to survive, as bacteria are naturally killed off in the gut.
Are Skincare Conditions Like Acne and Rosacea Affected by Gut Health?
Studies have shown that there is a link between gut issues such as bloating and inflammation (inflammatory bowel disease) and exacerbating skin conditions.
Conditions like rosacea are seen to cause flushing on the skin and trigger flare-ups, causing skin inflammation and a reddish face.
Although acne and rosacea can be caused by other factors, such as environmental pollutions and UV rays, these skin conditions are correlated with an inflamed gut.
If the digestive tract is blocked with debris like excess mucus and toxins, it will lead to poor digestion and a highly congested gut. This increases the likelihood of inflaming the gut, and therefore inflaming the skin. Probiotic supplements however incorporate live bacteria that overturn the effects of an unhealthy gut. They do this by balancing the amount of good and bad bacteria living in the digestive tract.
How Can We Improve Our Gut Health?
There are 4 main factors which lead to poor gut health: eating processed foods, stress, alcohol, smoking.
Processed foods are more commonly linked with having ‘bad’ microbes and are typically low in fibre. This makes it more difficult for the digestive system to break the foods down.
Fortunately though, there are steps you can take to improve your gut health and therefore reduce acne and rosacea. As we recommend below, there are gut health supplements you can use to lessen the number of toxins in the digestive tract for brighter and cleaner skin.
There are also lifestyle choices you can make to ease rosacea, acne, gut inflammation and bloating:
- Eat a diet that is low in carbohydrates
- Regularly exercise
- Use liposomal vitamin supplements
The Best Gut Health Supplements to Try
With many gut health supplements on the market, it can be hard to distinguish which supplements are effective and which are only nominally so.
Here at Dermoi we offer two of Osmosis’s proven and tried products: Digestive Support and Skin Defense.
- Osmosis Digestive Support is perfect for reducing rosacea and gut inflammation because the supplement uses fast-acting enzymes to boost the digestive process. This cleanses toxins with natural enzymes found in plant cells like bromelain and papain and protease, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Osmosis Skin Clarifier expels the excess mucus found in the digestive tract and helps remove spots, blackheads while also brightening the skin with its antioxidant ingredients. The 10-day cleansing blemish by Osmosis uses 3 powerful plant powders that remove the toxins and mucus in the gut, alleviating digestive and skin conditions like bloating and rosacea.
If you are still wondering “how does gut health affect skin?” then remember that increasing your diet with probiotic-rich foods is a start, but if you are suffering from gut problems and skin inflammation like rosacea, then it is best to use supplements that eliminate mucus and toxins in the gut.
Author: Naeem Ali
- Weiss, E. and Katta, R., 2017. Diet and rosacea: the role of dietary change in the management of rosacea. Dermatology Practical & Conceptual, 7(4), pp.31-37.