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Do Probiotics Work On Your Skin?

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Do Probiotics Work On Your Skin?


Probiotic research on digestive health, the immune system, and mood has been going on for decades - Now probiotic science is being applied to your skin.


The skin serves as a natural barrier against pollutants, bacteria and viruses, therefore, proper skin moisture and health is very important. So, it isn’t surprising that the skincare industry has started using probiotics for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial abilities in many new products.


Probiotic can mean different things!


On the surface this seems like a great idea.  But, before you run out to buy a skin product with probiotics here are a few probiotic characteristics to consider.


Probiotics Supplements vs Probiotic Creams and Lotions


The bacteria in probiotics supplements are freeze dried – allowing them to remain stable in a semi-dormant state.  When they reach the moist environment of your gut they begin to multiply.


In contrast, many probiotic skincare products use a bacterial lysate as their probiotic ingredient (Bifido ferment lysate, Lactococcus ferment lysate).  Bacterial lysates are not live probiotics.  They are fragmented remains of probiotic bacterial culture. The benefit of this ingredient in probiotic terms is still unclear. It’s possible bacterial lysate, which contains various proteins and compounds, may help your skin, but there is very little research on its benefit.  Plus, bacterial lysate also contains bacterial cell material, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which may cause irritation or other adverse skin reaction.


What about Yogurt as a skincare ingredient?


There are also some products available that use yogurt with lactobacillus as the probiotic ingredient, which is a better approach since yogurt has been used as an antiseptic and antimicrobial treatment long before we had antibiotics.


However, you have to use quite a bit of yogurt for it to be effective. Modern skin products with yogurt use only small amounts.  An ounce or two of yogurt may or may not be enough to have any effect – plus, probiotics are living organisms and their viability may be effected over time in a cream or lotion.

Overall, we are very interested in probiotic skin applications.  However, we want to see more research that shows specific benefits and sheds more light on how, and in what form they should be used. For now, it may better to take a probiotic supplement like - SuperBio and let probiotics help your skin stay healthy from within.