Skincare from Within
Usually, when we think of skincare, we think of washing our face to get all the gunk and bacteria off that may have built up throughout the day. It’s routine self-care in our lives that we don’t even think about, just do. But, have you thought about practicing skincare from within your gut? There is a lot of truth in the saying “you are what you eat” and unfortunately the typical American diet does not promote the best gut health!
This article will help you understand the role the gut plays with the health of your skin and how you can act now to help improve your skincare regime.
You are what you eat?
Remember we mentioned you are what you eat? Well, what we meant by that is that if you aren’t getting the right amount of nutrition it’s going to affect how your body feels and its functions. Acne is particularly prevalent in western countries, which is thought to be related to an abundance of carbohydrates in the typical western diet. (1) Because of this, fueling your body with the suggested amounts of daily nutrition will help keep your gut healthy and in return show healthier skin.
So why isn’t eating healthy enough?
Well truthfully, it’s hard! Counting out your grams of certain nutrients and having to monitor your food intake is difficult. Unless you are a health guru, this can be a pretty hard daily task to accomplish, especially if you have other responsibilities in your life.
So, what can you do?
Still eat healthy! Eat the foods that have the nutrients your body needs. But also use a probiotic.
Probiotics are specifically formulated to help nourish the gut microbiome, the colony of good bacteria that live within your gut. A study that tested 300 acne patients with a probiotic that included the strains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus resulted in acne improvement in 80% of subjects, particularly in subjects with inflammatory lesions. (1) So how is this possible? Well in addition to their antimicrobial effects, probiotics can disrupt the pathogenesis of acne through immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory actions. (1)
It’s becoming a trend!
Using probiotics in skincare products is a trend in the beauty industry. We are seeing this trend in beauty because there is more and more research available on how the skin and gut microbiome can play a huge role in someone’s health!
But buyer beware! Although these products claim to do this and that, they really only can be helpful if they have live bacteria in them!
Live bacteria are so important! The bacteria need to be alive in order to build colonies of the good bacteria and to continue sustaining its growth, that’s why it’s also important to constantly take your probiotic. Without the formation of colonies you, unfortunately, won’t see an improvement.
So remember, eat foods that have nutrition that your body needs, and look into taking a probiotic! Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about using a probiotic and if it’s right for you and your skincare regimen.
1. Salem, I., Ramser, A., Isham, N., & Ghannoum, M. (2018, July 10). The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis. Retrieved May 06, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6048199/