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Your Gut Health Is More Important For Your Skin Than You Realise

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Acne, rosacea, eczema, dry skin… these common skin problems we face could have one similar root cause: poor gut health. Yes, you heard it right: how well our guts function – and by extension what we eat – has huge impacts on our skin condition.


The Gut-Skin Connection

The link between our gut and our skin is not as far-fetched as some would think. Our gut, primarily referring to our intestines in our digestive system, is responsible from absorbing nutrients from the food we eat and excreting waste.


Gut problems and indigestion can affect how we retain the nutrients we obtain from the food we eat, and poor gut health can cause us to be unable to properly absorb the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants we need to keep our skin looking healthy and blemish-free.



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What Makes A Healthy Gut?

The answer mainly lies in the bacteria found in our gut. While bacteria on our face is generally bad – acne is caused by bacteria! – the bacteria in our gut is mostly good, and this needs to be supported properly to limit the growth of bad bacteria.


An overgrowth of bad bacteria can not only damage the gut walls, causing ‘leaky gut syndrome’, but also trigger autoimmune reactions in our bodies, in turn causing inflammation, breakouts, or other skin conditions.


Good bacteria, on the other hand, can help to digest some types of carbohydrates as well as produce Vitamin B and Vitamin K: essential nutrients for our bodies.


The growth of good bacteria in our guts can be supported through consuming both probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics refer to the good bacteria; eating plant-based fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha will give you the good bacteria you need! Eating probiotic-rich supplements can also help improve the levels of good bacteria in your gut. Foods that naturally contain prebiotics - essentially food that feeds probiotics i.e. the good bacteria - include dark leafy greens, onions, and legumes.



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Preventing Gut Damage & Inflammation

While it’s important to provide your gut with the bacteria it needs to thrive, it’s just as important to ensure that you’re not causing inflammation through your food intake. Substances such as refined sugars, alcohol or processed foods can contribute to gut damage and inflammation, in turn causing pre-existing skin conditions to worsen.


It’s important to note however, that eating foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics will not magically clear up your skin condition overnight. There are other factors that also play a part, such as hygiene, as well as your skincare routine. However, keeping your gut healthy and happy can definitely go a long way to keeping your complexion clear and blemish-free.


For more skincare advice, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.


We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > How Collagen Affects Your Skin, Muscles, & Gut

How Collagen Affects Your Skin, Muscles, & Gut

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Collagen doesn’t just affect our skin and keep us looking youthful, this protein – the most abundant protein in our body in fact – has a ton of benefits for the rest of our bodies too!


1. Eases joint pain

As we age, our tendons and ligaments stretch and our joint cartilage diminishes over time. This wear-and-tear causes our bones to rub against each other, in turn causing pain.


Given that Type II collagen is one of the main components in cartilage, taking collagen supplements can help to protect joint cartilage and promote joint flexibility.



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2. Builds muscle

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies, hence it should come as no surprise that it forms a major component of muscle tissue.


Collagen also contains a concentrated amount of glycine, which promotes the production of creatine in the body. Creatine is essential for new muscle growth, and can help your muscles to produce energy during high intensity exercises such as weightlifting.





3. May help improve gut health

Collagen plays an important role in healing and sealing our gut walls, by strengthening the protective lining of our digestive tracts.


This helps to prevent inflammations caused by “leaky gut syndrome”, a syndrome in which partially digested proteins or fats, or substances from alcohol, sugars, and processed foods seep through our intestinal linings, causing inflammation and other side effects such as bloatedness, food sensitivities, or acne problems.



How to increase collagen intake

Eating foods rich in collagen, such as bone broth, fish, or dark green leafy vegetables, can help boost natural collagen production. Taking collagen supplements, such as our Souleve collagen supplements, can also help to increase our bodies’ collagen levels.


For more information about our collagen treatments and supplements, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.


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Blog > An In-Depth Look at How Collagen Fillers Work

An In-Depth Look at How Collagen Fillers Work

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Dermal fillers are gel-based injection treatments that helps restore volume to your face by injecting a gel just below the skin. The gel is usually a substance that is very similar to substances found in our bodies, such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite.

Different fillers are usually made of different substances and can as a result have different characteristics – for more information on that, click here.

In this article, we’ll be focusing specifically on fillers that boost collagen production – calcium hydroxylapatite fillers and poly-L-lactic acid fillers – and how they work.


Collagen: The Source of Youth
We already know collagen to be the not-so-secret ingredient for anti-aging, and the building block of youthful, supple skin. It essentially functions as a supporting structure for our skin, tendons, and cartilage – think of it as the pillars that support our skin, keeping it supple, firm and lifted.

There are many ways to boost collagen production in our bodies, ranging from collagen supplements to Ultherapy. Collagen-boosting fillers are just one of these methods, and tend to be either poly-L-lactic acid fillers (e.g. brands like Sculptra) or calcium hydroxylapatite fillers (e.g. brands like Radiesse).



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Poly-L-Lactic Acid Fillers
Such fillers stimulate collagen production deep within the dermis (one of your skin layers) rather than at the surface level. Through the stimulation of collagen as a building block for your skin, this helps to restore your skin’s inner structure and volume over the next few months following your injection.

Examples of such brands include Sculptra.


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Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers
While sounding like a complicated and foreign substance, calcium hydroxylapatite is actually a naturally-occurring substance found in our bones. Once injected, these fillers provide immediate volume, helping reduce the appearance of hollow cheeks or sunken forehead temples.

But such fillers continue to work by stimulating the body to produce its own collagen, further boosting your skin’s structural integrity over time.

Examples of such brands include Radiesse.


What The Filler Procedure Is Like
If you’re worried about pain, don’t fret! Just before the injection, either a topical anaesthetic cream or a regional nerve block injection will be applied to the treatment area. Once the area has been adequately anaesthetized, the filler will be safely injected into your skin. The effect is immediate with little to no downtime.


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Common side effects can include redness and swelling, which should subside a few hours after the injection. Other side effects include bruising, which should subside within 3 days.

To reduce the occurrence and severity of such side effects, any substance that can hinder blood clotting should be avoided. The usage of proper topical medications and cold compresses can also help to relieve minor side effects.

For more information about our filler treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.