The Skin Microbiome

Posted by Nancy Sacks on

The Skin Microbiome 101
We often think of the skin relating to beauty, but it's essential to our overall health too. In fact, the skin is the largest endocrine organ in the body and it's the major interface between us and everything in the outside world. Just as our gut has a microbiome of beneficial bacteria, our skin is home to trillions of microbes which communicate with our immune system, protect us from infections, calm inflammation, and contribute to keeping our skin hydrated, plump and youthful. In fact, the bacteria in your gut interact with your immune system, metabolism and endocrine pathways, which are all connected to the bacteria on your skin via the gut-skin axis. A majority of skin issues today such as acne, eczema, rosacea, wrinkles or pre-mature aging stem from imbalances in the gut microbiome which is then reflected on the skin. Most doctors want to treat those conditions topically, but the real magic happens when you address the root cause from within the body and allow the skin's microbiome to rebalance naturally.
Summer Skincare Tips
Summer heat is in full swing, so it's important to take extra care of your skin during this season. Summer is one of the greatest seasons for supporting skin health due to the wide variety of skin loving produce in season. Juicy cucumbers, antioxidant-rich berries, and leafy greens are just a few, and all support hydrating the skin from the inside out. In addition to staying hydrated, don't forget the sunscreen. It's best to use a mineral sunscreen, rather than a chemical sunscreen because it does not contain toxic ingredients that absorb into your body.
Traditional Chinese Face Mapping
According to TCM, face mapping is the idea that certain blemishes or concern areas on the skin are correlated to certain organs in the body. For example, the liver is strongly connected to the skin, as it's responsible for detoxification, digestion & emotions, in particular anger. When the liver is overburdened, this can be reflected on the skin. Or perhaps when someone is chronically angry or frustrated this explains why they may have a deep groove on their forehead between the eyebrows.
Ditch the Sugar
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sugar and the skin are not the best of friends. In fact sugar is the number one contributor to premature aging because it breaks down collagen and elastin. Additionally many sugars, such as refined sugars are highly inflammatory on the gut and skin. To better support the health of the body and look of the skin, it's best to only consume sugar in natural forms, such as fruit or honey, and focus on incorporating leafy greens, organic proteins and omega 3 fats into the diet.
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