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So you have tried everything, the skincare routine, and products but you still got skin issues. Maybe it is time to take a look at your gut health, there may be some skin issues related to gut health that you have not attended to.
Chinese traditional medicine, as well as Ayurveda, have used face mapping to detect and analyze several skin problems due to indigestion. This indicates the link between your gut health and skin issues. The gut is like a house for good bacteria and bad bacteria. When there is an equilibrium between the two, it creates a harmonious environment. The gut becomes healthy which essentially makes the skin and body healthy.
An imbalance of the gut bacteria usually occurs when you are constantly experiencing diarrhoea, acid reflux, constipation, and chronic stomach aches. All these results in a leaky gut syndrome where the intestinal bacteria gain access to the bloodstream and accumulate in the skin. An upset digestive system results in several skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis to name a few.
So if you suffer from acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and you have tried everything but nothing seems to be working, then you might want to look at the health of the gut now. Also, to get glowing skin while improving your gut health, read this post on “foods that promote good gut health and glowing skin“
Causes Of Skin Issues Related To Gut Health
1. Food Sensitivity
Food sensitivities are the kind of food you ingest but your body does not tolerate it. You should try listening to your body to eliminate such diets. To eliminate a diet requires time, commitment, record-keeping, and lots of guesswork. To help reduce the guesswork, you could also consult your physician to take a food sensitivity test or do a
Unhealthy diets such as high-fat, free fibre, and sugary diets create an imbalance in gut bacteria. Continuous intake of these diets causes inflammation which disrupts the skin cells. The imbalance in skin cells and fatty acids leads to several skin conditions.
If you are too stressed, your body knows and it manifests on your skin. Stress such as lack of sleep, psychological, physical stress, and staying too long in an overcrowded space. Anything that is causing you to stress interacts with the gut bacteria which then leads to inflammation which affects the gut health and skin.
Antibiotics are effective in treating diseases and various skin issues but the common thing that happens around the world is antibiotic overuse. A lot of people abuse antibiotics and use them without a prescription. Overuse of antibiotics leads to wiping off the good bacteria that are beneficial for the health. So please only use antibiotics when you need to as prescribed by your physician.
6 Ways To Heal Your Gut Health And Clear Your Skin
1. Oral Probiotics
Probiotics help heal your gut health by regulating and stimulating the immune system. In addition to that, it makes the nutrients and vitamins you use available for the skin and health plus it helps reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance. If you are looking for probiotics in food, then you can eat food such as Yogurt, cheese, sour cream. One of my favourite probiotics to take is from
I particularly like this product because it contains 2 different family of good bacteria which is Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species and prebiotics. An important study from the British Journal of Dermatology reported that probiotics containing these species reduced sebum concentration and fatty acids concentration in the skin by 50%. This product also contains prebiotics to help fight oxidative stress in acne. It is also good for dry skin types.
2. Topical Probiotics
Although this post is about treating your skin from the inside, the ability of oral probiotic supplements to change gut bacteria makes this worthy of mention. This is because topical probiotics contain lactic acid bacteria Streptococcus thermophilus, a species of bacteria that is mostly found in yoghurt to increase ceramide production. Ceramide act as an anti-inflammatory against the bacteria causing acne as well as improves the epidermal skin layer which is useful for dry skin type. My favourite topical probiotic is
This product is rich in yoghurt which contains Lactic acid to act as an antimicrobial against P.acnes. The main causative bacteria in acne. It also contains antioxidants such as CoenzymeQ10 to fight free radicals. Lactic acid is known to increase the level of ceramides which then hydrates the skin and reduces moisture loss.
Prebiotics are like a food source for probiotics, they promote the growth of probiotics that heal gut health. You can find prebiotics in food such as garlic, onions, asparagus, wheat flour, banana, and even bone broth. If you have gut issues, I highly recommend that you take the bone broth, it helps to aid digestion. I enjoy chicken bone broth a lot. You can add it to soups, rice, or oatmeal. Some people even drink it but I prefer adding bone broth to my meals.
Bone broth helps to seal and patch all the cracks and holes of the leaky gut to help you digest food better. I love the
I cannot stress how important fibres are to help heal gut health. Fibres do not follow the normal absorption process, they escape digestion by the small intestine and go straight into the large intestine where they are fermented by the gut bacteria. The gut bacteria use these fermented fibres to grow the beneficial bacteria where more nutrients and vitamins are absorbed. It also helps to protect from bad bacteria and improve the immune system. You can get fibres in food such as berries, pears, melon, broccoli, peas, nuts, potatoes with the skin, and many more. You may also get fibres in a supplement such as
5. Omega 3
Omega 3 can be found in food sources such as fatty fish like Salmon, Mackerel, cod liver oil, Flaxseeds, and Walnuts. You may also want to get in supplements such as
6. Stress and Exercise
Lastly exercise and lowering your stress level helps to regulate gut microbes. Exercise has a lot of benefits by increasing the number of good bacteria, reducing intestinal inflammation, and removing toxic bacteria from the system. You may also want to practice mediation, yoga, or anything you feel comfortable doing to reduce stress.
But you have to be careful not to overdo exercise and the duration must not be too long. Prolonged exercise will increase the stress hormone known as cortisol which can affect gut health and skin.
As you can see, there is a link between gut health and skin. So taking care of your gut is taking care of the skin. This is one of many things that could be causing several skin issues. I hope this post has been helpful, please share it with your family and friends and leave a comment down below.
Thank you ☺️
sheedah (@rashidahbeatson) says
You’re right, if you have skin issues it’s usually an indicator that there’s an internal issue. I suffer from eczema and I’m convinced it’s linked to my gut because I have IBS symptoms too… I was told the stool tests that GP’s do only shows whether you have an inflammatory disease – it doesn’t show whether you have a yeast overgrowth/gut bacteria imbalance or a leaky gut and I think I need a test for that. Nutritionists usually do this but their gut tests are so expensive )): do you have any advice?
Rashidah x | http://www.sheedahblogs.co.uk/
Yeah Nutritionist are quite expensive. You could try eliminating diets in your meals, there maybe some food you are sensitive to. This will take diligence and effort but once you do it, it gets better. The home food sensitivity test also work but some people have their doubts so you may want to visit a specialist doctor such as a gastroenterologist, this may help reduce any guesswork.
Thank you for reading ☺️
“If you are too stressed, your body knows and it manifests on your skin.” this I have noticed, my skin is very responsive to stress. Thanks for the post,it’s really informative.🤗
I’m so glad it was helpful 💜
Yes, I needed this! Currently trying gluten free, as my stomach has been swelling due to certain foods for several years! Will definitely be taking this advice though! Thank you!
Thank you ☺️
Super informative, and useful. I never had problems with my skin, but gut health is super important. I have IBS and identifying my food intolerances helped me so much with stomach issues and being able to eat a more balanced diet. Probiotics also made a big difference in how I felt, and settling my stomach problems so that I wasn’t experiencing pain after eating. Which is a huge relief as you can imagine!
Wow, you never had skin problems you are so lucky. I’m glad you found a way to solve your IBS issues, it gets really uncomfortable most times. Thank you so much for reading
Funnily enough my skin has been awful during this lockdown, and hasn’t been affected by any of my products. But I do know I have been eating more junk, drinking more caffeine and alcohol and less water and I definitely think that’s part of the problem. Will definitely put some of these tips to use!
Thank you, so glad this post helped you realize that and to make changes ❤️. Thank you for reading
Kayleigh Zara says
This was a really interesting read, I didn’t realise how much went into the correlation between your gut health and your skin! I’ve always been lucky to have really good skin regardless of what I eat x
Oh wow, you are so lucky you can eat anything without experiencing any skin discomfort ❤️. Thank you for reading
My gut health has been really bad since lockdown, mostly due to stress, and this post is really helpful. Thank you for sharing your tips. I will have to give some of them a go.
Yeah this time has really been trying and stressful. I hope you find a way to reduce the stress. You could take a walk, do yoga or find anything you enjoy to take your mind off what is happening around the world.
Take care and stay safe
Amber Page says
This is such a great post! So informative and so interesting, I have found out some things that I did not know before!
Amber – https://theunpredictedpage.com
Thank you so much, I’m glad you learnt something new by reading this post 💜
This is really interesting! Really need to try out some probiotic supplements. My skin isn’t too bad at the moment, but I suffer from IBS so always looking for ways to help. Thank you for sharing x
Thank you for reading, glad it was helpful 💜
Fadima Mooneira says
Good post. Very informative. Thank you for sharing.
Awesome, thank you
Inside The Voyage says
I love this post. I’ve suffered with acne ever since I was a teen and tried literally everything imaginable to get rid of them. It’s only when I started looking after myself inside and out that I started to notice any real difference. I used to find it difficult to drink one glass of water a day never mind 2L but since we’ve been in lockdown I’ve been making it a goal of mine go drink more water and I can already see the difference x
That’s awesome, it’s always good to be aware of what we eat in order to change and choose healthy meals
I’ve actually been reading about gut health, and the effect it has on so many things. So it’s something I’m looking at improving, as I know mine isn’t good at all.
I’m glad you have been reading about gut health. Improving the gut health is vital for overall health. Thank you for reading
Pragati Mahapatra says
Wow these are some really valuable tips here. Thanks!
Great! Thank you for reading
Lisa Alioto says
I never heard of prebiotics before – thanks for sharing!
Really? It’s awesome to learn something new and I’m glad the post was helpful
Jenny in Neverland says
Such an informative post. It’s important that we’re all aware of our gut and taking steps to look after it because it really is linked to so many things! xxx
The gut health is linked to other parts of our body not just our skin. It is only the skin that is visible but the organs are not. So it’s important to always be aware of the gut for overall well-being
Great post I defo need to pay attention to my gut health as a lot of my health complaints seem to be pointing in that direction
That’s great, glad you will taking steps to pay attention to the gut health. Thank you so much for reading
Jaya Avendel says
What is on the inside is also on the outside and, even though I do not like it, knowing that my skin is a reflection of my gut at times reminds me to not only look after my outside health but also my inside health. Gut imbalances are not fun, so exercise and probiotics always give me a hand. 🙂
Yes, whatever is on the inside is a reflection of our health. No amount of cosmetic products will cure any skin condition if the inside is not well taking care of. Thank you so much for reading 💜
UK Beauty Room says
I really enjoyed your post. I’ve suffered with acne and blemishes since I was a teenager and am sure my gut health has something to do with it. I take probiotics every day and also use a probiotic moisturiser. I didn’t know about Ayurveda which is interesting. Thanks for writing such a great post. xx
It really makes a difference for me with how much water I drink for my skin! My skin gets irritated so easily if I drink too much caffeine or if I’m eating a lot of dairy. Thank you for the informative post, I have hardly heard of Omega 3!
Sandra Tanner says
This is great information!! This also proves that gut health is super important.
Single Mom Chapters says
This is actually so helpful as my daughter has this problem. Thank you so much for sharing such a helpful post ❤️❤️
Yes, I love this. People don’t pay enough attention to how their diets can impact their skin. I always get really dry and blotchy patches when I’ve eaten too much junk food and I used to get these rashes on my cheeks years ago. I found they cleared instantly when I cut out dairy. Your face tells you a lot if you know how to read it x
Kelly Diane says
Such a great informative post. I’m sensitive to certain food types & since cutting them out, I’ve really noticed a difference
EM Digital Nomads - Budget Travel Bloggers (@EmNomads) says
I really like the suggestion on the food sensitivity and all the probiotics – I had not see the probiotic moisturizer. I love there is now an at home test for food sensitivity 🙂
Yes, there is a home food sensitivity test that you can take. Thank you so much for reading ☺️
Thanks for all the great information. I agree gut health is the key to so many ailments. I was shocked to realize I had a sensitivity to dairy and gluten. It made all the difference cutting those two things from my diet. My skin improved so much.
Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty) says
Great advice! I have definitely noticed the impact of stress on my skin in the past – one of many reasons that I’m working to better manage my stress levels in 2020. As soon as I started to get overwhelmed, I started getting acne and redness that I hadn’t seen since I was a teen! Not exactly something one wants to deal with lol Definitely not if it’s avoidable.
This period is honestly tough for everyone and I understand that stress is unavoidable. I’m glad you are working to manage the stress but if you need someone to talk to, I’m here 💜❤️
Ethereal Empathy says
This is great information! I have been really slacking with proper nutrition lately and it is starting to show. I’ve been getting lots of acne, more frequent headaches, and gut health issues. I really should pick up some probiotics! I actually talked with my doctor recently and she thinks I have a hormone imbalance due to stress and possible vitamin deficiency. Waiting on blood results. I know I need to get back into a healthy diet and manage stress better. Great Post!
Oh great, there are lots of things that actually leads to gut health issues and I’m glad you pay attention to your body and took blood test. I have been meditating, listening to positive affirmations to help with stress.
Thank you so much for reading 💜
Kelle's Space says
I love the format of this article.
It’s very informative. Thanks for sharing a very important message.
When I’m stressed, I get IBS, so I try my best not to let things get to me.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve adopted a everything in moderation style approach to eating.
I could minimise my sugar intake but other than that, I’m happy with the way I eat and take care of myself.
Kelle – http://www.itskellesspace.com
Such a good information source! I have IBS and I’ve found that during flare-ups, I need to avoid specific foods and try to relax/reduce my stress as much as possible x