GUT INSTINCT: YOUR STOMACH CAN SAVE YOUR SKIN

 

TO THOROUGHLY TREAT PROBLEMATIC SKIN CONDITIONS, YOU HAVE TO HEAL THE GUT

 

The skin is our largest organ and, as such, an indicator of our overall level of health and wellbeing, often offering a window to what is going on inside the body.

Researchers as far back as 1930 suspected a link between gut and skin health but recent epidemiological evidence clearly shows an association between gut problems and skin disorders.

Skin manifestations caused by certain gastrointestinal diseases such as coeliac, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis have long been reported, however deficient and diseased gut function is also starting to be recognised for some of our primary dermatological disorders such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and ichthyosis vulgaris (an inherited condition that occurs when skin doesn’t shed its dead cells).

What is even more compelling is the potential relationship between healthy gut balance and the prevention of prematurely aged skin.

“…As aestheticians, we need to look beyond the surface to discover what is really going on with diseased and ageing skin, and so treat it both thoroughly and correctly. Yes, it can be complicated, but it gives us a good starting point.’.

Bacteria is often thought of something that causes disease but our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad. What we need to do is ensure that there is a harmonious balance of both. Read more.

The author, Matoyla Kollaras is managing direct of Skin Factors, distributor in Australia of Christina Cosmeceuticals and Ahava Dead Sea skincare. 

 

This originally appeared in Spa + Clinic.