Probiotics are good-for-you bacteria that are beneficial to the human body. Our bodies contain hundreds of different strains of bacteria and these make up 95% of the total cells in our body - on a cellular level, we are more bacterial than human!
How can topically applied probiotics improve my skin?
Recent studies show that probiotics have other health-promoting effects beyond gut well-being, including skin health benefits. Probiotics are actually an active area of research in the dermatology world and the American Academy of Dermatology has acknowledged the use of probiotics for topical application, that is, when probiotics are applied to the skin's surface.
When applied topically, probiotics strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function and protect it from environmental damage. Probiotics secrete nutritive elements to the skin, helping to stabilize the skin’s immune system. This enhances the skin’s repair activity and counteracts the degeneration of collagen and elastin, resulting in increased moisture and skin suppleness. Studies also show that probiotics may help with skin conditions such as acne and rosacea thanks to their ability to decrease skin redness and calm inflammation.