The Beauty of Dirty Skin is a book that explains the importance of having a healthy microbiome and how to achieve it. The book starts off by discussing the microbiome and its connection to overall health. It then goes into detail about the various ways in which we can support our microbiomes, including diet, probiotics, and hygiene. Finally, the book offers practical tips for implementing these changes into our lives.

What is this book about?

Internationally renowned dermatologist and research scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe presents, for the first time, the connection between a healthy gut and radiant, clear skin, with a 21-day program to maximize skin health and beauty.

In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, internationally renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is much more than skin deep. As a pioneering researcher on the cutting edge of the gut-brain-skin axis, she explains how the spectrum of skin disorders – from stubborn acne and rosacea to psoriasis, eczema, and premature wrinkling – are manifestations of irregularities rooted in the gut. Lasers, scalpels, creams, and prescription pads alone will not guarantee the consistently healthy, glowing skin we all seek.

For anyone not familiar with how poor gut health can cause skin problems, this is a clearly-written introduction by a leading dermatologist. We learn that our microbiome (the collection of all the microbes that live on and in us) is key to good health and that an imbalance can cause a host of skin problems.

Improve your skin health

A must-read for anyone interested in improving their skin health, The Beauty of Dirty Skin is packed with actionable advice and the latest scientific findings on gut health, probiotics, and prebiotics.

If you are struggling with your skin and have tried every cream, lotion, and potion on the market without success, this book is for you.

And here’s what others say about it:

Beautifully written by a pioneer who dismantled the dogma which stated there was NO relationship between diet and acne. There are still lots of research questions on that score, and Dr. Bowe refrains from overselling any dietary “cures” for acne (and other common skin diseases), but there is plenty of practical information in the book. The book has something for everyone, whether general readers or healthcare providers.

Internationally renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is much more than skin deep.


This book does a good job of explaining how good affects your skin inside and out. I follow most of her rules already (fruits and veggies, no sugar). I had no idea how important probiotics were for your skin as well as your body.


LOVED this book. A little tough to get through the beginning but honestly so worth it. I’ve had troublesome skin my whole life and have revamped everything to follow Bowe’s advice in the book. I can’t wait to achieve the “BOWE GLOW” that we hear about. I love that she tells us the reasoning and the science behind the advice she gives. I’m so tired of doctors and books giving help with no reasoning. Finally, something that tells me why I need to do something, and how it affects my skin!