Fermented Foods and Rosacea: The Gut-Skin Connection

If you suffer from Rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness and the development of pus-filled bumps on the skin, you might have come to believe that it’s just something you have to live with. Good news! You don’t have to live with Rosacea any more. Balancing your gut flora by eating foods rich in probiotics may signal the end of your rosacea woes.

The gut-brain-skin axis

If you’re eating a lot of processed foods or are suffering from stress, your digestion slows down and the good bacteria in your gut begin to die off. This creates an opportunity for bad bacteria to take over, creating an imbalance in your gut. Your stomach lining replaces itself every day, but in an unhealthy gut with the wrong pH and the wrong combination of microbes, the stomach lining begins to thin, eventually resulting in ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Toxins that would not normally be able to pass through the stomach lining now enter the bloodstream causing a variety of inflammatory conditions including outbreaks of Rosacea.

Treating rosacea

Most dermatologist prescribe rosacea creams to clear up the condition, and some of them even include probiotics that can be applied externally, but what you really need to do is to get down to the root cause of the problem. Eliminate the cause and you can eliminate the symptoms of rosacea once and for all.

A scientific study conducted in Korea tested the effect of probiotics on rosacea in 56 patients and found that their acne lesions were significantly reduced and their skin became less oily over a 12 week period.

In Italy, rosacea patients were given a topical treatment and probiotics and the result was compared to a group that used topical treatments only. There was a significantly greater improvement in those patients who took probiotics.

Of course, you could use probiotics you buy at the pharmacy, but you’ll get a much bigger dose of probiotics every time you eat fermented food. The natural way of doing things is very often the best possible way!

What the American Academy of Dermatology advises

Members of the AAD are excited by the new evidence that getting a good balance of healthy bacteria in your stomach can cure or reduce rosacea. No specific new medications are registered for this purpose yet. In the meantime, the organization recommends that we include plenty of foods with live active cultures in our diets and combine this strategy with rosacea creams.

The link between rosacea and your gut flora is being investigated more closely, and it is believed that probiotic foods may well have a role to play in the treatment of acne and eczema.


It seems as if every day, more and more studies and discoveries are showing how important healthy gut flora are to our health. Modern lifestyles adversely affect our inner ecosystem of bacteria, and the best way to restore the balance is by eating fermented foods. To help your body restore this balance, avoid processed foods and try to reduce your stress levels!

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