How Probiotics Help Our Dermis

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You might have heard of probiotics when it comes to food and having a healthy digestive system.  It's time to rethink how to you see probiotics because they are also great for your skin.  Skin care products with probiotics in them can help clear up acne, calm the skin, and are also great for anti-aging. 

 

There are two ways that probiotics can help our skin - by eating foods that are filled with this good bacteria and by applying skin care products that contain probiotics to our skin.  When bad bacteria overtakes good bacteria in our digestive tract, aka our gut, this leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can lead to skin problems like acne, rosacea, and over time to wrinkles.  Your skin can also become irritated, red, and dry in patches if your gut is not healthy.  Foods that are rich in probiotics include dairy products such as kefir and yogurt, fermented foods by miso and kimchi, and even dark chocolate.  If you think that you will not get enough probiotics through your food than it is best to take a supplement in pill form.

 

Just as researchers saw that probiotics helped to maintain overall body health and reduce inflammation inside the body they also began to realize that applying probiotics on the skin could help a wide variety of skin problems.  Many of these skin care products do not contain live bacteria as your yogurt may, but instead bacteria fragments or metabolites in their products.  This bacteria is generally taken from bacteria cultures found in milk and yogurt.  Researchers have not figured out yet if live bacteria applied directly to the skin is better than the bacteria fragments they are using at the moment in products.  Research is actively continuing in this field. 

 

When a skin care product filled with probiotics is applied to the skin it strengthens the skin barrier.  A strong skin barrier is essential for healthy skin.  If your skin barrier is not doing its job properly, your skin will become dry, irritated, and sensitive.  Probiotics in skin care products help to calm and hydrate the skin gently which makes them makes them a great addition to a wide variety of skin care products for all skin types - from sensitive to oily.