You may have heard of leaky gut, but did you know that there is a knock-on effect of this condition with the skin, known as leaky skin syndrome?
A healthy skin produces a beautiful barrier that is created by sebum, cellular lipids mixed with some natural moisturising factors and even some perspiration. This barrier is created as a natural protective barrier against the outside world. Your skin’s barrier is a biofilm that allows for endogenous microbes to flourish and play the role of protectors against bacteria, viruses and other microbes.
Leaky gut develops as intestinal permeability causing inflammation and malnourishment due to a lack of nutritional absorption. We now also understand that there is a direct correlation with gut health and skin. Your skin is a remarkable barometer, and gives us an indication of what is happening or not happening internally.
Gut flora, or lack thereof; will impact the sebum (your skin’s natural oil) and the fatty acid composition leading to an impaired skin barrier. Healing of the gut and the inclusion of oral probiotics has shown improvement with skin conditions, therefore; maybe a useful support tool when treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or acne.
By including some of these tips in your daily skin care regimen, you may see improvement with your skin:
1. Use a cream or milk cleanser to remove makeup, pollutants, perspiration and sunscreen on a daily basis. Do not use cleansers that contain harsh sulphate ingredients, as these are known to ‘strip’ the skin’s barrier. “Squeaky clean, is not necessary and may contribute to leaky skin syndrome”.
2. Use a serum or moisturiser containing Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) daily to assist with the skin’s barrier and providing support with the skin’s immune system.
3. If you feel you may have leaky gut, contact a Nutritionist/Naturopath, to determine if you need nutritional support with food and supplement plans.
4. You can also support gut flora production by eating foods that are natural probiotics:
Kefir: coconut,milk or water, Yoghurt, Garlic, Kombucha, Cultured foods: Sauerkraut and Kimchi
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