Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It acts as a barrier against the physical, chemical, and bacterial challenges in your environment. Your skin is home to millions of bacteria. In the right balance, these bacteria can maintain the overall health of your skin. But if it’s out of kilter you may start to experience some issues.
Hippocrates said, ‘all disease begins in the gut,’ and over 2000 years later, science continues exploring this concept. Many clinical studies have demonstrated that the gut microbiome’s influence extends to distant organs, such as the skin, through complex mechanisms involved in the gut–skin axis.
Your digestive tract is home to bacteria and other microorganisms. There are trillions of these microorganisms living in your gut that help keep your system working properly. The bacteria are important for helping to digest food, produce vitamins, regulate hormones, and excrete toxins among many other things to keep your gut healthy. Your overall health actually depends on the health of your gut.
Did you know that the gut bacteria are able to communicate with the skin via interactions with the immune system to regulate systemic and local inflammation?
In addition to this mode of communication, research suggests that the gut microbiota can affect the skin more directly. In the case of an impaired intestinal barrier, intestinal bacteria as well as their metabolites can enter the bloodstream, accumulate in the skin and disrupt the skin microbiome.
Gut disorders are often accompanied by skin manifestations and the gut microbiome appears to play a key role in the development of many inflammatory disorders of the skin.
Altered gut function and associated skin disorders
When the gut bacteria are out of balance they can negatively impact the skin microbiome and its basic function. This can contribute to common inflammatory skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
One of the latest skincare trends for fighting photoageing and skin ageing is probiotic skincare. Although research on this subject is still in initial stages, new products are being launched onto the market, Skin Bureaux being one of them. Topical probiotics can restore acidic skin pH, alleviate oxidative stress, attenuate photoaging and improve skin barrier function.
Probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”
The use of prebiotics, probiotics, and symbiotics has shown promising effects on the prevention and treatment of different inflammatory skin disorders, such as acne and atopic dermatitis
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