Heal Your Gut for Clear Skin
There is currently an epidemic of adult acne in the UK. A 2015 survey of 92 private dermatology clinics revealed a 200 per cent rise in the number of adults seeking treatments for the condition Angry, spotty skin can kill your confidence and leave you with lasting scars. So what can you do? Read on.
‘Acne comes from the gut,’ says Dr. Nigma Talib, world-renowned naturopathic doctor and author of Younger Skin Starts in the Gut . ‘The gut is like our inside skin, whatever happens in the gut is going to translate to your face.’
Talib’s statement might sound punchy but it’s supported by the latest science.
In a 2011 paper published in the journal Gut Pathogens  researchers conclude that ‘there appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes… are contributing factors in the acne process.’
So what feeds ‘acne-bacteria’?
Sugar is their favourite food, says Talib: ‘Sugar allows the bad microbes to grow and flourish. With the rise in bad bacteria you also get an increase in inflammatory markers - called cytokines - which cause the sebaceous glands to produce oils.’
Again, this is backed up by science. Researchers from New York University's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, have found that high glycemic index foods and dairy are leading factors in the link between diet and acne .
The good news? Changing your diet and increasing probiotics can help re-establish healthy intestinal flora. Dr. Nigma has created her own probiotic Healthy Flora available from Wholefoods. The product boasts over 20 Billion live bacteria and contains grape seed extract to boost absorption. In addition, studies show that grape seed extract significantly increases bifidobacteria ( the good bacteria), reduces faecal odour and helps prevent sun damage .
That’s sweet news and smooth skin.