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Rosacea, Skin Problems and the Gut Connection

Rosacea, Skin Problems and the Gut Connection

Poor digestion and poor gut health play a role in rosacea and the health of your skin. About 70–80% of the immune system is in the lymph tissue of the intestinal tract. The latest research on skin disorders, including rosacea, shows that the skin has its own ecosystem. Like the gut, the skin is populated by microbes that directly interact with the body’s immune system. People with bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine are more likely to have rosacea. 

SIBO can develop when there is a growth of excess bacteria in the small intestine (in a healthy digestive system there is only a small amount of bacteria present). This causes inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall which prompts conditions such as rosacea . 

In 2004 researchers at the University of Warwick found that that small bacterial intestinal overgrowth (SIBO)—when food stagnates and makes the gut leaky and inflamed—is linked to skin that is inflamed. A recent study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting in November, 2011, and reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, indicates there may be a connection—and a solution—for patients with (SIBO) and rosacea.

Also, low stomach acid can be a factor in skin problems including rosacea.  Since 1931 studies have shown that low stomach acid is a major factor in rosacea. And eat and juice bitters. Juice greens— all greens, lettuce, kale, broccoli, chard, spinach, cucumbers, cabbage, asparagus, arugula. Include apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.

Here’s what you can do:

Eat a Low Carb Diet

Carbs break down to feed the bacteria. You need to avoid all sweets, refined carbs, starches, and sweet fruits. Lemons, limes and cranberries are permitted.


These are good bacteria that help reduce inflammation, improve digestion and keep the harmful bacteria under control. I recommend Friendly Bacteria Optimizer.

Today’s Recipe

Green Power Morning

“Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon.”

  • 3 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 2 ribs of celery with leaves
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1/2 green apple (omit if you have bacterial overgrowth in your intestinal tract)

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice all ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 1.

From The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting

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