Gut Skin Axis - Activated Probiotics


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The Gut- Skin Axis
Don’t look now – but there’s bacteria all over you! Your skin is home to billions of bacteria – and that’s a good thing! The skin microbiota is an essential part of human health, acting as a protective barrier and even working as an extension of your immune system via the gut-skin axis.
The gut
The gut is an immune system hub, containing the bulk of your body’s immune cells and a diverse microbiome. The bacteria living in your gut interact with immune cells – and this interaction is thought to have a direct impact on your body’s immune response. When the microbiome is out of balance, it can create a heightened response and in many cases, inflammation.
The skin
Altered inflammatory pathways in the skin are thought to be a significant contributor to common skin concerns like acne. In the case of acne, inflammation in the skin’s hair follicles and oil glands lead to increased secretion of oil, blocking follicles and creating an environment prone to overgrowth of certain bacteria like Cutibacterium acnes (or C. acnes for short). Immune cells in the skin react to this overgrowth of bacteria by launching an inflammatory response, leading to the pimples and lesions associated with acne.
The axis
Research suggests that the health of the gut microbiota may be connected to skin health through its impact on the immune system’s inflammatory response. A healthy gut microbiome can reduce the level of inflammation produced by immune cells in the gut – and these effects are transferred to the immune cells in the skin through the circulation of cytokines, a type of inflammatory chemical message.
How does your gut health impact your skin health?
What do we mean by axis?
When we say axis, we mean an invisible connection between different parts of the body.
Cutibacterium acnes thrives in the altered environment of the follicle, and the overgrowth of C. acnes causes an inflammatory immune response.
Inflammatory immune response triggers excessive oil production in the skin’s glands and alters the oil quality.
The inflammatory cycle of acne
Excessive skin cells and poor quality oil blocks the hair follicle, resulting in the formation of a pimple.
Inflammation from altered oil triggers increased growth of skin cells.
Is winter skin a thing?
Winter weather can lead to dry skin and dry skin can lead to an inflammatory response – so yes, conditions like eczema and acne can be worse in winter.
How can probiotics break the inflammatory cycle of acne?
Ask your pharmacist, naturopath or nutritionist about Activated Probiotics
Clinically-proven probiotics formulated to support specific health conditions
Is eczema common?
Eczema affects about 20% of children and 5% of adults.
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What’s skin pH?
It measures the amount of acidity on your skin – the skin’s pH can be a sign of a balanced skin microbiome.
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