Do you have acne-prone skin and suffer from frequent breakouts? Have you tried every skin clearing cream, tincture, and other treatment, but nothing has helped you? Instead, it made things worse? Well, now it’s time to look at your diet. Yes, we say this because there is a strong connection between gut health and acne.
We shall know more about this connection in this blog. It covers useful information on how your food choices affect your skin.
Does gut health affect acne?
Yes, it does, but let’s see why and how it affects your skin and acne formation. Recently there has been plenty of research and studies on the gut microbiome, which is nothing but a collection of trillions of microbes, or bacteria, that reside in your gut.
These microorganisms help digestion and absorption of nutrients, maintain weight, boost immunity, and more. The gut microbiome has both good and bad bacteria. When the balance between good and harmful bacteria is disturbed, you develop something called “dysbiosis.”
Scientists believe dysbiosis is an imbalanced gut microbiome that plays a significant role in acne. We shall talk about this a little later!
Now let’s understand the skin microbiome:
The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as the first line of defence against the outside world. Your skin’s microbiome, just like your gut, hosts a collection of microorganisms as a part of the defence.
But when there is an imbalance in the skin microbiome, some problematic microorganisms colonize the skin surface, interact with your immune system, and produce a lot of inflammation, which causes acne.
Let’s recall “dysbiosis” —
That imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the gut? Well, improving this balance may affect acne.
And this all comes back to a leaky gut. Leaky gut is seen when the cells that line your intestines spread apart, allowing larger molecules to flow from the gut into your bloodstream.
Well, that doesn’t sound good, because it’s not! Just like your skin acts as a shield from the outside world, so does your intestinal lining. So we want that shield to stay closely tight and only allow beneficial nutrients to flow through it.
A leaky gut develops when your gut microbiome is not balanced, which is why a healthy microbiome is essential for healthy skin.
When you have a leaky gut, inflammatory compounds produced by lousy gut bacteria flow from the gut microbiome into the bloodstream and incite an immune response that ultimately results in systemic inflammation, including inflammation in your skin. This results in the formation of acne.
In addition, the leaky gut also directly deposits gut bacteria onto the skin itself, disturbing the natural skin balance, resulting in a skin microbiome that is more prone to developing acne.
How to improve gut health?
In one of our related blogs, we have shared informative content about bovine colostrum help in anti-aging. Everything you eat affects your gut microbiome, linked to acne formation. So a question might arise in your mind–what should you eat to control acne?
Before we answer this,
- You first need to identify those food items that are sensitive to your skin and body and eliminate them from your diet.
- Secondly, Incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, which improves gut health and also helps to detoxify your body.
- And, cut down on processed foods and refined sugar.
- Include probiotics and prebiotics in your diet.
Probiotics (gut-healthy bacteria) can help you fix the imbalance of the gut and microbiome. Remember that balancing your gut bacteria is a significant step toward improving your skin. Probiotics are found in yoghurt and other dairy products and supplements.
Prebiotics are essentially food for your good bacteria and help increase their count in the gut microbiome and push out harmful bacteria.
So now you know the relation between gut health and skin. Remember that eating a diet that feeds a healthy microbiome and consistently taking prebiotics and probiotics can help to rebalance an imbalanced gut microbiome. This can also tighten up a “leaky” gut, promote healthy skin, and reduce acne.
So don’t worry! Just fill up your plate with more fruits and veggies and minimize processed foods, and you are on your way to a healthy gut and beautiful skin.