THE GUT-ACNE CORRELATION

Can methods of improving your acne be found in mastering and understanding your gut?

The Gut-Acne Correlation

Can methods of improving your acne be found in mastering and understanding your gut?

Acne-Prone Skin

As frustrating as it is in controlling and treating acne, many will know and understand how difficult it is to treat it and there is no one size fits all approach to the skincare concern. Whilst topical products and in-clinic treatments can help improve the look of acne over time, advances in research has shown that turning towards improving your gut health may well in fact improve the skin condition.

Acne develops when the body over produces skin cells that then target and bind around the hair follicle. Blocking the pathway, sebum is then unable to be released through the follicle causing a blockage which allows bacteria to develop, grow and produce an inflammatory response from the body’s immune system.

The Gut-Acne Correlation

The skin-gut axis are both vital organs and ecosystems necessary for keeping the body stable, supported and healthy and when one is out of sync, so is the other. As the vital regulator, the gut microbiome helps to maintain and protect the intestinal barrier which reduces the toxins from entering the blood stream and potentially reaching and affecting the skin. Opening naturally during food consumption, the barrier absorbs the nutrients but also allows the gut to leak and it is this imbalance that causes potential harm as the barrier is weakened.

A weak barrier can lead to inflammation and the release of important inflammatory messengers called cytokines which can pass into the blood stream and then to the skin, enabling the production of bacteria which can trigger and contribute to the development of acne.

How to improve Acne through the gut?

It is not to say that improving your gut health alone will then diminish the development of acne but it can certainly help. By optimising your microbiome and balancing out the good bacteria over the bad, a strong and healthy gut will help to keep the skin’s microbiome healthy and vitalised.

This can be approached by not only improving your diet ( whole foods, healthy source of fats and proteins) but also supplementing pre and postbiotics, antioxidants and minerals rich in nutrients that will control and reduce the inflammation in the skin.

The Clarity Beauty Dose

The supplement solution to a clear complexion, the beauty dose is formulated by Dr Yannis to support healthy and clear skin by targeting the gut’s microbiome. The enzymatic blend expertly combined with the botanical extracts stimulate cellular turnover, key for reducing scarring but also prioritises a probiotic blend designed to increase the production of good bacteria, balancing the gut’s microflora. Also supported with MSM and Zinc to alleviate inflammation, Vitamin C to smooth and brighten as well as Grape Seed Extract to even the skin’s tone.

Acne-Prone Skin

As frustrating as it is in controlling and treating acne, many will know and understand how difficult it is to treat and there is no one size fits all approach to the skincare concern. Whilst topical products and in-clinic treatments can help improve the look of acne over time, advances in research has shown that turning towards improving your gut health may well in fact improve the skin condition.

Acne develops when the body over produces skin cells that then target and bind around the hair follicle. Blocking the pathway, sebum is then unable to be released through the follicle causing a blockage which allows bacteria to develop, grow and produce an inflammatory response from the body’s immune system.

The Gut-Acne Correlation

The skin-gut axis are both vital organs and ecosystems necessary for keeping the body stable, supported and healthy and when one is out of sync, so is the other. As the vital regulator, the gut microbiome helps to maintain and protect the intestinal barrier which reduces the toxins from entering the blood stream and potentially reaching and affecting the skin. Opening naturally during food consumption, the barrier absorbs the nutrients but also allows the gut to leak and it is this imbalance that causes potential harm as the barrier is weakened.

A weak barrier can lead to inflammation and the release of important inflammatory messengers called cytokines which can pass into the blood stream and then to the skin, enabling the production of bacteria which can trigger and contribute to the development of acne.

How to improve Acne through the gut?

It is not to say that improving your gut health alone will then diminish the development of acne but it can certainly help. By optimising your microbiome and balancing out the good bacteria over the bad, a strong and healthy gut will help to keep the skin’s microbiome healthy and vitalised.

This can be approached by not only improving your diet ( whole foods, healthy source of fats and proteins) but also supplementing pre and postbiotics, antioxidants and minerals rich in nutrients that will control and reduce the inflammation in the skin.

The Clarity Beauty Dose

The supplement solution to a clear complexion, the beauty dose is formulated by Dr Yannis to support healthy and clear skin by targeting the gut’s microbiome. The enzymatic blend expertly combined with the botanical extracts stimulate cellular turnover, key for reducing scarring but also prioritises a probiotic blend designed to increase the production of good bacteria, balancing the gut’s microflora. Also supported with MSM and Zinc to alleviate inflammation, Vitamin C to smooth and brighten as well as Grape Seed Extract to even the skin’s tone.

If you were to advise a London guide, what would be on your list?

Well, As I grew up in Notting Hill, it will always have my heart and if I was recommending spots in London, a wander around Notting Hill would be high up on my list. From there it would be all the best shopping destinations, the iconic private members club, Annabels, Harrods and Liberty’s for any cute and unique gifts. I would always pop into 111CRYO at Harrods for the Cryo Facial and treatment for the ultimate recharge. Sometimes the city is great, but the beautiful secrets of the English countryside is something that should be experienced.

Your In-Flight Essentials?

I don’t have a routine per say and I am certainly not as thorough as Naomi Campbell but I would apply the Meso Infusion Lip Duo and I would always wipe my phone down with anti-bacterial wipes, in fact I do this every day, the bacteria build up is no good for the skin.

In terms of Industry, where do you see the hair industry going?

Well Instagram has changed so much and has impacted the way we consume and learn within the industry, especially with so many creatives, but I still find that a massive amount of people come to the professionals to share the knowledge on how to carry out or complete a desired look, more than ever there is power behind ‘how-to’ videos.

A very valid point and in terms of 2020?

In terms of what we are to see in 2020, things are going to be super creative and we will see a wider awareness for people doing their own thing and it will be expressive and artistic. People will move away from the overtly glamorous looks and will create looks they can tailor to their everyday. As it’s currently Award Season which is the busiest time of the year leading up to the Met Ball, hairstyles are certainly more elaborate, and everyone loves an up do. I would say the most timeless look has to be the blunt bob, it comes around year on year, but it is effortless and timeless.

Outside of hair, what other industries are you into?

I am hugely into Interiors and I would describe my style as 60s/70s glamour, think elaborate and dramatic but I often fantasise about 80s Dallas and Joan Collins and I have to reign myself in. I also love Baking; it is the ultimate way to relax and I find that it is my meditation and therapy. If I’m in the USA I would bake a lot of cookies as everyone is obsessed with then over here and in the UK, I would bake more traditional styles like a lemon tart or an apple tart – it allows for me to be creative outside of my job.

Finally, the best advice you have ever received?

It would have to be from my grandfather, he would often say to me “it’s not how well you’re doing but how well people think you’re doing”. I haven’t successfully implemented it however you can look to Instagram today and people see our work and are blown away by it, but we can be so hard on ourselves and not appreciate our own work ourselves.

 

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