How Your Gut Health Could Be Affecting Your Skin?

How Your Gut Health Could Be Affecting Your Skin?

An increasing amount of research shows that there is much more to good skin than just the cosmetic items we use. Our stomach may hold the secret to creating a glowing, bright complexion. 

The link between these sectors of health begs the question:  does gut health affect the skin? To address this question and better understand the relationship between our stomach and skin, let’s look at what a healthy gut is, why it’s important, and the possible consequences for skin health.

What is a Healthy Gut?

Your gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem that contains billions of organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungus. A healthy gut has a diversified microbiome, which contains a variety of beneficial microorganisms that promote general health. 

These beneficial microorganisms aid in food digestion, nutrient absorption, and have a favorable impact on your immune system, metabolism, and even mental health.

To keep your gut healthy, you must maintain a delicate balance of good and harmful microorganisms. Poor nutrition, stress, insufficient sleep, and substance abuse can all disrupt this equilibrium.

Why Is The Gut Microbiome Important?

A healthy and varied gut microbiota is necessary for many body processes. It is directly or indirectly engaged in:

  • Digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Producing certain vitamins, such as vitamin K and B-group vitamins
  • Boosting the immune system and battling infections
  • Producing neurotransmitters that influence mood and mental health.
  • Maintaining the intestinal barrier function to prevent dangerous chemicals from entering the circulation.
Why Is The Gut Microbiome Important

Thus, maintaining a healthy gut microbiota is essential for everything from nutrition absorption to mental wellness.

Does Gut Health Affect Skin?

The answer is yes; an established idea known as the “gut-skin axis” implies a substantial link between gut and skin health. Although the skin has its own microbiome, gut balance has a direct impact on our skin’s look and condition.

Our gut health and skin are related in a variety of ways.

  • Immune system regulation: A healthy gut microbiota helps to manage our immune system. Irregularities in our gut flora may cause an excessive immune response, which can show as skin inflammation or worsen pre-existing skin diseases.
  • Blood circulation: Nutrient-rich blood travels from the digestive system to the skin, providing essential vitamins and minerals for healthy skin. If the stomach is unbalanced, nutrition transmission may be impeded, resulting in skin problems.
  • Neurotransmitter production: The stomach produces several neurotransmitters that regulate mood, memory, and learning. These neurotransmitters have an impact on both the health and appearance of the skin. For example, abnormalities in serotonin production can cause inflammation and perhaps worsen skin diseases.

Skin Conditions That May Be Related to Unhealthy Gut

Skin Conditions That May Be Related to Unhealthy Gut

While skin flaws can emerge for a variety of causes, research shows that some skin issues are directly related to gut health. Here are some instances.


Research has shown a link between acne severity and gut permeability difficulties. A compromised gut barrier can result in “leaky gut,” enabling hazardous chemicals to enter the circulation and induce inflammation, exacerbating acne breakouts.


According to research, those with eczema have lesser gut microbial diversity than those with good skin. Inflammation caused by an unbalanced gut flora may contribute to the development or progression of eczema.


Psoriasis is characterized by an excessive immune response, which can be aggravated by gut bacterial imbalances.


Some studies have found a link between rosacea and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a disease common in persons with poor gut health. Some people have seen an improvement in their rosacea symptoms after treating SIBO.

How Can You Improve Gut Health?

To get radiant skin, you must focus on your intestinal health. Here are some practical strategies to boost your gut health, which may ultimately help your skin:

Diversify your diet

Eat a variety of foods high in important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Include fiber-rich meals like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to help nurture beneficial gut bacteria.

Include probiotics and fermented foods

Include probiotics and fermented foods

Probiotics are live bacteria that are crucial for gut health. To support a healthy microbiome, consume probiotic supplements as well as fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

Avoid processed meals

Eating highly processed foods can disturb the gut microbiota, compromising skin health. Limit your intake of processed and high-sugar meals, and instead focus on eating fresh, complete ingredients.

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

Drinking enough water every day encourages appropriate digestion and a healthy gut environment.

Manage stress

Chronic stress can disrupt your gut flora and compromise gut barrier function. To keep your gut in balance, use stress-reduction practices like meditation, yoga, or mindfulness.

Get adequate sleep

Aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night, since sleep interruptions can lead to microbiota imbalances and poor gut health.

Exercise regularly

Moderate exercise can boost beneficial gut bacteria, promote a diversified microbiome, and enhance overall gut health.


Understanding the relationship between gut and skin health is critical for effectively treating skin concerns and keeping a healthy complexion. Your skin’s health reflects your inner health, and focusing on your stomach may make a huge impact. By following the recommendations in this article, you may nourish your intestines while also promoting healthier, more beautiful skin.

Remember that each person’s body is unique, and their outcomes may differ based on their gut and skin microbiomes. In addition to your gut-related efforts, see a dermatologist to create a customized skincare program that meets your individual needs for optimal skin health.


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Dr. Kimberly Langdon has been an MD for 31 years, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place accolades for her Senior Research Project and Score of 98th percentile on a National Proficiency Test.

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Before medical school, Dr. Hsu finished a master’s degree at Harvard University and wrote a thesis on neuroimaging in schizophrenia patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital. Dr. Hsu was also a part of the 2008 NASA Phoenix Lander Mission team, which sent a robotic spacecraft to the North polar region of Mars. Dr. Hsu also had research experience on neuroimaging in neonates at Boston Children’s Hospital, another Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hospital.

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