The role of the gut microbiome in relation to skin health and dermatology has gained more interest in the clinical practice setting. This lecture will review the mechanisms by which the gut may communicate with the skin. The role of gut microbiome testing and how it is influenced by sequencing methodologies will be explored. The different kinds of probiotics and prebiotics will be summarized and the evidence for their use in common skin conditions will be presented. Finally, a practical approach to utilizing probiotics and prebiotics in the clinical setting will be presented.
- Illustrate the mechanisms by which the gut can communicate with the skin.
- Evaluate gut microbiome testing and assess the pros and cons of different sequencing approaches.
- Summarize the evidence for the use of probiotics and prebiotics for common inflammatory skin conditions.