Why do some people have skin issues while others don't?

The gut microbiome. The gut microbiome has an impact on the entire body, especially the skin. A few things that disrupt the gut microbiome:

  • Antibiotics can inhibit nutrient absorption; which may lead to the skin not getting all the nutrients it needs. It can have several negative effects on the gut microbiota, including reduced species diversity, altered metabolic activity, and the selection of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

  • Artificial fillers. Chocolate now has fillers with soy lecithin, emulsifiers, and artificial flavorings, that wreak havoc on your gut.

  • Poor eating habits.

  • Not enough sunlight. Exposure to sunlight boosts good gut microbiome bacteria and vitamin D levels.

Hormonal imbalance

  • Estrogen dominance is a common root cause of hormonal acne. Both men and women have estrogen, but when the amount becomes too high and is unopposed by progesterone, that’s when we start seeing issues.

  • High estrogen in relation to progesterone (estrogen dominance) is a root cause in many hormonal imbalance conditions, such as PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis. Estrogen dominance can be caused by exposure to xenoestrogens (toxic compounds that mimic estrogen and wreak havoc on your endocrine system) and inadequate estrogen clearance due to sluggish liver function.

  • If your liver is overworked dealing with other toxins, estrogen does not get properly metabolized and may then be recirculated back into your system. The resulting high estrogen levels can cause skin inflammation and acne.

Nutritional deficiencies

  • Like any other organ of the body, the skin requires the nourishment of vitamins and minerals from food—first and foremost for skin health are the fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Rough, dry and prematurely aged skin is a telltale sign of vitamin A deficiency, which often first manifests as rough, raised skin on the back of the arms. Vitamin A is critical to the repair process, including repair from sunburn and damage from toxins. Vitamin A increases the thickness of the epidermis, especially the granular layer (the portion of the epidermis that produces horn cells). Many cultures use liver as an excellent source of vitamin A, along with egg yolk, cod liver oil, and carrots.

What are the solutions:

  • Avoid medications and opt for natural solutions. Accutane will mask the symptoms, only for it to come back worse if you don't address the reason why your skin is purging toxins in the first place. Stomach medications can lead to host severe side effects including nutrient malabsorption and deficiencies due to the lack of sufficient stomach acid needed to adequately digest food. In addition, a brand-new study found that stomach medications (which include Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Prevacid) may actually increase your risk for developing allergies you didn't previously have, likely by altering the stomach's delicate balance of acids and enzymes in a way that interferes with the immune system, while another study from this year found that these drugs may increase risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stomach cancer. 4 Gut Repair and Heartburn Ease are natural ways to solve the issue and a great option for those who don’t want to take medication. When healing the body, it’s important to note that these natural supplements are paired with a healthy diet, daily movement, and proper sleep.

  • Raw carrots + dandelion root tea may help bind up excess estrogen! Also helps to detox with lots of sunlight exposure, grounding, sweat, sauna, etc.

  • Eliminate refined sucrose, bread, and alcohol, daily sunlight exposure at key time periods, black seed oil, and fermented foods/drinks (kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, non-soy miso, natto, etc.) Acne is often carb and hormone waste and gut microbiome dysbiosis produced from such. Weak or burdened liver function is unable to clear the wastes, so they are excreted through the eliminatory organ, the skin. Psoriasis is another disease that may feature microbes and iron dysregulation.

  • 4 Gut Repair supports all kinds of digestive issues, including ulcers and after post-antibiotics. Ingredients like L-glutamine can promote immune cell activity in the gut, protects the gut from inflammation and infections. Soothes the stomach, restores balance, and helps to repair the stomach lining relieving heartburn symptoms. Supports bioavailability of food in the body while activating white blood cells helping to fight infections. An ingredient like slippery elm has a variety of uses including treating wounds, burns, and sore throat.

If you need any tools to help you thrive, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy