Hello, Lovelies!Welcome to a new post about the union of skin and Guts. This I know plays a major roll in having healthy and glowing skin.There is an important connection between our skin and our guts, the majority of the time we are unaware of the fact that our skin communicates the health of our guts. I for once didn’t know this until a began my healing Acne. During this I was experiencing constipation, digestive issue, slow bowel movement, hormonal imbalance from using contraceptives, all these lead to inflammation. ACNE VULGARIS CONDITION! Simply put, healthy guts lead to healthy skin.Skin Microbes is bacterial Banquet on your skin. We live our lives in perpetual bloom, our skin is a tapestry teeming with microbes. Our cutaneous microbiome is in constant contact with the immune, digestive, nervous, and hormonal system. Any disruption results in dysbiosis. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, rosacea, melasma, hyperpigmentation, fungal infections, candida, skin lesions, dandruff, age spots, blemishes, blackhead, dry, scaly, uneven skin, and more are all manifestations of bacterial imbalance.The unfriendly microbes that cause an imbalance live on everyone’s skin. Yet, when microbial diversity mutates and plummets, pathogenic bacterial breed and trigger skin issues. However, our skin needs bacterial diversity to thrive and to keep all the flora friendly instead of fostering the frenemies that cause disruption and disease.Why Skin microbes?Skin Microbes are pervasive through the layers of the epidermis (Skin). When the skin is injured, our native skin microbes invade the area to defend against nonnative pathogens, which prevents infection. For example, Staphylococcus epidermidis, commonly found on the skin, secretes a substance that improves wound healing, reduces inflammation, and inhibits the pathogenic S. aureus, also known as the superbug MRSA.Bacteria also regulate skin collagen and protect the skin from UV damage. The gut bacterial imbalance results in chronic inflammation that can lead to damage to collagen and bacteria and this contribute to rapid aging. Any disturbance to the skin microbes can cause the delicate microbial balance to become out to of whack and can make us unwell.Skincare & Microbes:Modern skincare routines often suppress the beauty of this symbiotic system. The bacteria domesticating our dermis are altered by what is applied topically. Just as toxic food and chemical irritants induce leaky guts by microscopically perforating intestines, the rubbing and scrubbing of our skin with a daily diet of chemical cleansers and creams fumigate our friendly bacteria and this defoliation mutates microbes and makes them extinct. By removing this protective bacteria and their food source of sebum, cells, and lipids.Ancient cultures cleansing:Ancient cultures with highly sophisticated ablution would oil their skin for cleansing and renewing lubricating lipid layers with exquisite fresh-pressed fats, in these modern times, we scrub and surfactant everything on our skin.Studies show that surfactants in cosmetics dissolve our skin’s natural ceramides, enzymes and hydro-lipid barrier. These surfactants that make skin squeaky clean also insert themselves into stratum corneum and stay there even after rinsing, initiating chronic degradation to our delicate layer. This results in inflammation and microbial elimination, which may manifest as melasma, blemishes, redness, dryness, and irritated skin. Chronic damage to this layer essentially exterminates our skin’s first responders to injury and infection, and along with it goes our moist envelope of protection.The penetration of chemicals we commonly use creates a vicious cycle of derma dysbiosis and premature skin conditions that are difficult to escape. Surfactants remain in the stratum corneum layer, the side effects of surfactants are:
- Impaired lipid barrier: redness
- Inflammation: dry, itchy
- Oxidative stress: clogged pores
- Impaired cell signaling: irritation, premature aging.
Thanks for stopping by and as always Love & Light!Nafsi Botanical