Gut Health: The Secret To Glowing Skin?
Does your skin get you down?
Whether you’re dealing with acne, eczema… skin as dry as the desert or just an overall lack of radiance, having bad skin can be a real confidence killer.
Like most of us, chances are you’ve spent a fair bit of cash trying out different skincare products and routines. You may have even found a few “holy grail” products that deliver results and are worth the investment.
But listen up: no skincare product stacks up to the secret we’re here to share.
It’s not that we don’t love our skincare products. But they’re more of a “nice-to-have” than a “gotta-have-it” when it comes to having consistently great skin.
The truth is, when it comes to glowing skin… we’re putting our money where our mouth is. In other words – it’s all about what we eat! And it all comes back to the health of our gut.
So, if you’re ready to start waking up with gorgeous skin every.single.day (who isn’t!)… keep reading!
Do You Suffer From…
Any of the following skin complaints?
- Eczema / skin rashes
- Dry skin
- Keratosis pilaris.
If so, you’re not alone! These are common skin conditions that are seemingly on the increase.
In fact, most of us would have experienced acne at some point of our lives, with an estimated 79 – 95% of adolescents experiencing acne in the western world. (1)
But does it have to be this way?
Clear Skin: Our Natural State
What if we told you that clear, glowing skin was your natural state.
We’re talking naturally clear and glowing skin, regardless of your skincare routine!
It may seem a little unbelievable, but it’s true.
Let’s take acne for example. The prevalence of acne has been studied in the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Aché tribe of Paraguay… and the results are astonishing! Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined, no case of acne was observed. And of 115 Aché subjects examined over 843 days, no case of active acne was observed. Importantly, both groups contained a number of subjects between 15 and 25 years of age (300 and 15 respectively). (1)
The same has been found for the Inuits. However, what’s even more compelling are the changes observed after westernization of the Inuits’ diet and lifestyle. Otto Schaefer was a physician who studied and lived with the Inuit people. He observed that when they ate their traditional diet, acne was non-existent. However on transitioning to a western diet, acne became widespread. Interestingly, he also commented that the Inuits had a large exposure to probiotic bacteria through their traditional diet, and had “no sense whatsoever of sanitation”! (2)
Related: How to Get Clearer Skin, Naturally
What we can conclude from these studies is that skin conditions have far less to do with genetics and age than they do with diet and lifestyle factors. But how exactly do these factors impact the skin?
The Gut Skin Connection
Enter the gut skin connection, also known as the “gut-skin axis”. It’s a connection that has been observed from as early as the 1930s, however is still rarely acknowledged in mainstream dermatology.
Today, over 80 years later, we have more evidence than ever linking gut dysfunction with local and systemic skin conditions.
One of the mechanisms explored is the role of dysbiosis and intestinal permeability, aka “leaky gut” in the development of inflammatory skin conditions (think: acne, eczema and rosacea). When a processed diet, stress and other lifestyle factors result in a damaged or “leaky” gut lining, this leads to low-grade inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin resistance – all factors which have been linked to poor skin health. (3)
Probiotics have been shown to improve symptoms in acne sufferers specifically, with a number of possible mechanisms including improved gut-barrier function and blood sugar control. Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the release of a neuropeptide called substance P. (4) This is significant given that research suggests substance P increases the size of sebaceous glands and increases sebum production. (5)
Further, one study has shown small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (a type of dysbiosis referred to as “SIBO”) to be 10 times more prevalent in acne rosacea patients than healthy controls. (6)
And there’s more! Beyond leaky gut, blood sugar control and substance P release, there are other potential pathways through which poor gut health leads to skin conditions:
- pathogenic bacteria causing direct injury to the gut wall & reducing enzyme production,
- effects on hormone balance,
- overgrowth of histamine-forming bacteria in the gut leading to histamine intolerance,
- systemic inflammation and toxic metabolites overloading the liver,
- improper absorption of carbohydrates, fats, B vitamins + other micronutrients,
- impaired Omega 3 absorption,
- reduced stress tolerance via gut-brain axis. (3)
Start Healing Your Gut Today!
Topical skin treatments help with managing symptoms, but why not work at the root cause?
If you’re ready to start healing your gut + skin, be sure to download our FREE Week 1 Plan. It includes all our essential tips and tricks to start the gut healing journey, plus a detailed Meal Plan outlining breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for your first week!