Gut health and skin

Gut health and skin: The prebiotic powerhouse

In this post, we’ll dig into the latest scientific findings about how the beneficial microorganisms in your gut can support skin health and vitality. 
Caitlin Hall
by Dr Caitlin Hall (PhD, RD)
Chief Dietitian and Head of Clinical Research

The health benefits of the gut microbiome extend far beyond the gut itself, including your skin. This connection isn't just skin deep – it involves the bidirectional relationship between gut health, skin conditions, and inflammation. In this blog post, we’ll dig into the latest findings about how the microorganisms in your gut can support skin health and vitality. 


The Gut-Skin Connection: Inflammation and Skin Conditions

The underlying root cause of many skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and dermatitis is often inflammation. So what’s the link between inflammation and the gut microbiome?

When we consume dietary fibre - found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and wholegrains - our digestive system cannot break it down. Instead, it passes through to our large intestine where our beneficial gut bacteria break it down (ferment it) for us. As part of this process, the gut bacteria produce an important substance called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs are potent anti-inflammatory substances which can reduce inflammation throughout the whole body, including the largest organ of all: our skin. On the flip side, an imbalance in gut bacteria - often referred to as dysbiosis - can lead to the production of pro-inflammatory compounds, exacerbating skin problems.

Beyond managing inflammation, the gut microbiome also modulates the immune system. It's instrumental in ensuring the gut barrier's integrity, preventing harmful substances from leaking into the bloodstream and triggering immune reactions that might manifest as skin disorders.


You Aren't Just What You Eat

Eating a nutritious diet is undeniably essential for skin health. However, it's not just about what we eat, but what our gut bacteria can break down and produce. The production of SCFAs is one of the most effective ways we can keep low levels of inflammation in our gut and whole body.


Boosting Gut Health for Radiant Skin

🥬 Diversify Your Diet with 30 Plants a Week

An array of vegetables and fruits introduces various fibres and polyphenols into the diet. These act as prebiotics – food sources for the beneficial gut bacteria. Prioritising prebiotics, especially from 30 different plant sources a week, can immensely benefit the gut. In turn, these good bacteria produce SCFAs which have anti-inflammatory properties, proving beneficial for skin health.

😴 Sleep Like You Mean It

Lack of sleep not only shows on our face but also affects the gut microbiome balance. Establish a routine, turn off devices, and make your sleeping environment conducive to rest.

🧘‍♀️ Mindfulness Matters

The gut-brain axis is a two-way street. Stress can influence the gut microbiome composition, affecting skin health. Simple breathing exercises or mindfulness practices daily can do wonders.

🥛 Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are nature's probiotics. From kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, to tempeh, these foods are loaded with beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Not only do they introduce good bacteria to the gut, but they also produce various bioactive compounds during fermentation that can benefit skin health. For example, the lactic acid produced in many fermented foods has anti-inflammatory effects which can be beneficial for inflammatory skin conditions. Introducing these foods to your diet can be an effective way to naturally boost gut health and, in turn, improve skin appearance and vitality.


The Power of myota's Prebiotic Fibre Blends

Lastly, it's worth mentioning a game changer in the world of prebiotics – myota's prebiotic fibre blends. These blends were formulated through our own proprietary science, offering a diverse mix of prebiotic fibres that provide the perfect feast for your gut bacteria. When these beneficial bacteria are well-fed, they thrive and produce anti-inflammatory SCFAs that benefit not just the gut but also the skin. Incorporating myota's prebiotic blends into your daily regimen can bridge any dietary gaps, ensuring that your gut and skin receive the support they truly deserve.


The Takeaway 

A radiant complexion extends beyond what creams and serums we apply. By nurturing our gut microbiome through a diversified diet, rest, mindfulness, fermented foods, and innovative solutions like myota's prebiotic blends, we can pave the way for healthier, glowing skin. It's time to look within to truly shine outward.