Today I want to direct my readers’ attention to a review paper published in 2011, which explores the link between gut flora and both mental and skin health. I’ve already covered some of these mental-health topics here and here.
It’s a sad commentary on medicine that the dermatologists who first proposed this connection between gut microbial communities and acne in the 1930s were ignored until relatively recently. I can only hope that the revived interest in their hypothesis heralds a continuing scientific exploration of this interplay.
This paper is refreshingly free of mind-numbing scientific jargon so you shouldn’t need me to interpret it for you. My only quibble is that it characterizes the Western diet as high in sugar and fat, but fails to specify what particular sugars or fats are problematic or mention the role of gluten-grains in causing gut dysbiosis. That said, it does make the point that the incidence of acne is very low to non-existent in hunter-gatherer societies so you can infer from that what foods are likely causative.
So without further ado, here is the link: Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis – back to the future?