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Gut Health And Acne: How is it Related?

Are you suffering from acne and want to find out the reason? Can we blame the weather, stress, or the hormones for acne? Or maybe there is some problem in the gut which is causing it??!!!

Often the skin breakouts or acne are connected with excess of oil secretion by the glands present in the skin, or with stress, or even with the hormonal imbalance in the body. Though these relations are true, but we should not to miss out on the gut health, which is another major reason for the acne flare-up. Various researches conducted claim the reason for acne is more of a gut problem rather than any other issue.

How Is Gut Health Related To Acne?

How Is Gut Health Related To Acne?

The relationship between the gut and skin health can be well explained via the gut-skin axis.

The gut and the skin have many things in common, which contribute the gut-skin axis, such as the individual microbiome and the role of both as the defenders against the pathogens invading from the outside environment. The microbiome present in the gut contributes to the skin disorders. There are various reasons how the gut health impacts the hormonal acne and these are:

Leaky Gut Causing Acne. Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract is known as a leaky gut. In this condition the half-digested food enters the bloodstream, which causes acne breakouts. Probiotic supplements help in reducing the GI inflammation and improves the skin quality.

Unhealthy Microbiome Causing Acne. Microbiome is a community of bacteria in the gut. These microbiomes are involved in the functions critical to the health and wellbeing. They help in food digestion and nutrient absorption. When the gut microbiome becomes imbalanced or disrupted, everything including the brain to energy level to the skin is affected. To keep the gut flora stable, it is suggested to add prebiotic food (such as fiber-rich food, fresh fruits, and vegetables) and probiotic food (such as yogurt, kimchi, kefir) to the diet to prevent acne.

Healthy Fats to Prevent Acne. Right kind of fats in the diet not only help lose weight but also fight the acne breakouts. Certain hormones are created from the type of fats you eat, which might be responsible for acne flare up. The gut health also depends on the healthy fats for digestion of food and reduces inflammation.

Low Stomach Acid Causes Acne. An imbalance in the Ph levels in the stomach leads to blocking up of the nutrients that are derived from the food eaten. This causes the meals to stay in the stomach for long, where it leads to fermentation and increasing the level of toxicity. This is expressed out through the skin in the form of acne. It can be corrected by adding more of the veggies, fruits and water in the diet. Intake of sugar, meat, alcohol and grains should be reduced to maintain good gut health and prevent acne.

Yes, a gut problem can lead to the skin conditions, such as acne. It is therefore important to keep your gut healthy. It can be done by consuming food which contributes to gut health, such as healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, probiotic food and a lot of water. Finding out the underlying condition for any problem (in this case acne) is really important, as it might give a major contribution in finding out an appropriate cure.


  1. “Acne: The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy” – Learn about dietary strategies to improve gut health and manage acne in this article from Today’s Dietitian. Read more
  2. “How to Improve Gut Health: 9 Evidence-Based Strategies” – Find practical tips for enhancing your gut health through diet and lifestyle changes in this comprehensive guide by Healthline. Read more

  3. “The Impact of Stress on Gut Health” – Explore the connection between stress and gut health in this informative article from Harvard Health Publishing. Read more

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 21, 2023

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