The importance of the gut-skin connection
Your skin acts as a physical barrier to safeguard your internal organs and keep out pathogens and other toxins. Microflora not only live in the human gut, but there is also a skin microbiome, where friendly microorganisms live for protection.
The gut and skin microbiota are made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, derived from thousands of different strains, that live together as an intricate ecological community.
The gut microbiome has a direct influence on the skin microbiome and the beneficial effects of gut bacteria play a big part on skin health and appearance.
This relationship between these organs is referred to as the “skin-gut axis.” A healthy gut microbiome plays a major role in how well the body ages. If one has, for example, intestinal dysbiosis, which is a state of microbial imbalance, there could be the potential to negatively impact skin function and lead to unhealthy ageing.