Slideshow: The Gut-Skin Connection


Recent research exploring the gut-skin connection shows that dietary modifications and probiotic supplements may help skin conditions like acne, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea.

In recent years, research has increasingly focused on the gut-skin axis, which describes the 2-way communication system between the gut and the skin. The connection hinges on the gut microbiome, a community of trillions of microorganisms that live in the intestines and are responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout the body. Disruptions in this balance often first manifest on the skin, contributing to conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea.

Understanding the role of the gut in the pathophysiology of multiple inflammatory diseases has opened promising new avenues for therapeutic intervention beyond topical treatments typically used for skin conditions. These include strategies aimed at nurturing a healthy gut microbiome, such as through dietary modifications and consistent probiotic supplementation, that heal the skin from the inside-out.

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2. Umborowati MA, Damayanti D, Anggraeni S, et al. The role of probiotics in the treatment of adult atopic dermatitis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Health Popul Nutr. 2022;41(1):37. doi:10.1186/s41043-022-00318-6
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