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Acne Comes From the Gut

Whether you are ‘regular’ might affect your complexion – yes really.

While stress, sugar and hormones are often blamed for breakouts, research shows that the health of your gut also impacts your skin.

You might be familiar with the term ‘gut-brain axis’ (ie the science behind how your stomach influences your mental state) but did you know there is also a ‘gut-skin axis’? For over a century scientists have known of the connection: in 1912 a report was published showing that topically applied probiotics may help with acne[1].

In recent years a slew of studies have further cemented the connection:

*A 2008 study published in J Dermatology suggests that constipation is an important risk factor for skin diseases including acne[2].

* In a 2011 paper titled Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis - back to the future?[3] the authors conclude that ‘there appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes, and the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract itself, are contributing factors in the acne process.’

Of course everything in the body is connected: a sluggish digestion will affect your hormones (making you less efficient at excreting oestrogen) – and emotional stress can wreak havoc on your morning ‘routine’ – leaving your skin to take the wrap.

So what can you do?
Try the following gut healthy recipes, to keep your elimination channels working well and your skin glowing:

Watercress Green Smoothie

Blacked Pepper and Chickpea Salad with dried apricots

Caramelised Pear and Lentil Salad

 

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