Beautiful, glowing skin is a huge confidence booster. However, the opposite is also true. Skin that is flaky and dry, or peppered with unsightly blemishes can make even the idea of leaving the house seem overwhelming.

We have all experienced pimples, rashes, or other skin issues at some point in our lives and we’ve been taught to think that these issues are caused by infrequent washing, naturally oily skin, or not using this season’s miracle cream. This is simply not true. Beautiful skin is within everyone’s reach. And since you’re reading this article, that also means you too! Yes, if you take charge of your overall health—and seek to get to the root cause of the problem—your skin can be fresh, smooth, and unblemished.

However, if you don’t take some simple steps, dry patches, pimples, blemishes, and other issues can become part of your everyday reality. You may even be paving the way for more serious skin problems, including eczema, psoriasis, cystic acne, rosacea, and even fungal infections.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, your first defense against the outside world. It is directly connected to your whole-body health. Your gut regulates your immune system. In fact, 70 to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, so when your gut is healthy, you are well protected!2 So what’s the connection? In this article, I’ll uncover the critical link between your skin and your gut, and how you can use this association to achieve vibrant health and radiant skin.

The Skin-Gut Axis