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The Acne-Gut Connection: How Treating Your Gut Can Help Improve Your Skin

By: Our Team


At OneSkin Integrative Dermatology, Dr. Rachel Day is committed to helping Chambersburg, PA acne patients understand the complex nature of their acne triggers and treat their symptoms from every possible angle, including from within. In this blog, we will explore the surprising connection between gut health and acne, and discuss how caring for the health of your gut may positively impact your skin.

What causes acne?

Acne is technically the result of infections within our pores that result from a buildup of bacteria, sebum, oil, and other debris that clogs the pores. Excess oil production is closely associated with acne, but there are many underlying causes of excess oil production — as well as environmental and lifestyle factors — that can contribute to the nature, severity, and frequency of a patient’s breakouts, including:

  • Hormones
  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Diet
  • Skin products
  • Hygiene/skincare routine
  • Stress
  • Genetics

What is the connection between gut health and acne?

The health of your gut and the appearance of your skin may be more closely tied than you realize. Certain research suggests that an imbalance in gut bacteria and digestive issues can actually contribute to the development of acne blemishes and flare-ups. Poor gut health can lead to inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and a compromised immune system, all of which can trigger acne breakouts.

How can improving gut health improve acne-prone skin?

By addressing gut health, you can potentially reduce acne symptoms and improve the overall complexion of your skin. A healthy gut promotes proper digestion and nutrient absorption, reduces inflammation, and helps balance hormone levels. Taking care of your gut can lead to a reduction in acne-causing bacteria, improve the protective barrier of your skin, and even balance the skin — again, all of which can help to minimize acne.

How can I improve my gut health and clear up my acne?

To promote a healthy gut and improve your skin, consider the following routines and tips:

  • Eat a balanced, whole-food diet, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, sugar, and carbohydrates, which can disrupt gut bacteria and trigger inflammation.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which is known to support digestion and flush out toxins.
  • Limit stress through exercise, meditation, and calming habits.
  • Consider probiotics to help restore and maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

What professional acne treatments can complement a healthy gut routine?

At OneSkin Integrative Dermatology, Dr. Day offers a comprehensive range of acne treatments that can be combined with your gut health routine. These include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Advanced skincare treatments, such as chemical peels and laser therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications, including changing your makeup and skincare products

Listen to your gut for glowing skin and reduced acne in Chambersburg, PA

By recognizing the connection between gut health and acne, you can empower yourself, take a holistic approach to skincare, and improve your skin from within. To learn more about your options for pairing holistic acne solutions with our full suite of professional, in-office acne treatments and products, call OneSkin Integrative Dermatology to schedule your private consultation in Chambersburg, PA with dermatologist and aesthetic skincare expert Dr. Rachel Day.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.