In short, the answer is yes! But let’s delve a little deeper so we can understand the how and the why.
We talk a lot on here about our gut microbiome, micro flora, gut flora, good and bad bacteria ratios - it’s all related and it’s all relevant to our skin!
One of my absolute favourite health quotes (I think that’s what you’d call it) is this… ‘a healthy outside starts on the inside’. Boy ain’t that the truth! This small quote rings true when it comes to the health of our skin. Our integumentary system (aka.. our skin) is our body's largest eliminatory organ. No wonder we get pimples! If what we're putting inside our body is partly eliminated through our skin, it makes sense that it's reflected on the surface of our faces, our chest, our backs.. Etc.
Our gut and our skin play crucial immune and neuro-endocrine roles and are uniquely related in purpose and function. The intimate relationship between these organs is referred to as the “skin-gut axis” and numerous studies have linked gastrointestinal health to skin homeostasis.
One of the main regulators in the skin-gut axis is how the gut microflora communicates with the skin. It does this mostly via intricate interactions with the immune system to regulate systemic and local inflammation. It gets even more direct than that though! For example, if we have an impaired intestinal barrier, intestinal bacteria as well as their metabolites can enter the bloodstream, accumulate in the skin and disrupt the skin microbiome. Gastrointestinal disorders are often accompanied by skin manifestations and the gut microbiome plays a key role in the development of many inflammatory disorders of the skin, such as:
- Acne vulgaris
- Acne Rosacea
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)