Healthy Bacteria for Your Skin and Body
From lowering bad cholesterol to improving mental health, probiotics have long been known as healthy bacteria that strengthen the human body. They can help fight a wide range of diseases and ailments when digested. But surprisingly, when probiotics are applied topically, they can also help clear up your skin.
There’s a large variety of probiotic strains, each with different purposes. If you’re trying to treat a problem within your body, you have to use a strain targeted for that problem.
For example, some strains can help you lose weight. But a strain like Lactobacillus acidophilus can cause weight gain.
Probiotics can be consumed either through fermented foods like vegetables and kefir (a fermented yogurt drink) or by ingesting probiotic supplements.
Probiotics, whether taken orally or topically can help treat skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, acne, and scarring.
If you’re interested in probiotic supplementation, check out this probiotic supplement guide to determine which strains will be beneficial in treating different problems.
It’s important to know that probiotics may cause side effects for some people. Always talk with your doctor to make sure taking probiotics is okay for you and which strains to use.
Probiotics can help heal some skin disorders when applied topically as well as when using a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics, when used both orally and topically, have one thing in common: the ability to balance the good and bad bacteria living on and in you. They work to bring balance to both your gut and skin microflora.
So how can skin probiotics provide the same type of benefits as probiotics taken orally? The answer might just have you reaching for a bottle of live bacteria next time you wash your face!
Top 5 Benefits of Skin Probiotics
If you’ve been looking for a new anti-aging product to try, you may want to consider a probiotic. Skin probiotics eliminate free radicals and toxins breaking down cells in the skin. This helps to clear your skin and slow down the aging process.
Skin probiotics also cause the skin to hold more moisture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Help Heal Skin Disorders
When taken orally, probiotics can help fight the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Topically applied skin probiotics may cause holes in bad bacteria that can kill them off- causing acne to clear.
3. Strengthens the Skin Barrier
The skin is your body’s largest organ. In order for it to protect itself and fight infection, it must maintain a strong, healthy barrier against environmental toxins.
Both good and bad bacteria naturally reside on your skin. With a strong, healthy barrier, your skin can protect itself while properly absorbing nutrients from your ever-so-loved skincare products.
When left untreated, bad bacteria can lead to infection and inflammation of the skin. This is due to an imbalance of bacteria.
Probiotics that are both ingested and applied topically will be the best combination for fighting inflammation.
The oral dose will only strengthen the immune system and fight infection from the inside out.
You won’t feel any tightness or dryness or have painful red acne marks if you use a probiotic cleanser and moisturizer daily.
5. Promotes healing
Probiotics help heal the skin by reducing damage done by UV rays. They also assist in treating scars and burns.
Important Things to Keep in Mind
If you’re considering using probiotics, whether orally, topically, or both, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Make sure you’re always using strains specific to whatever you’re trying to treat. If you don’t, you may not see the results you were expecting.
Probiotics are still a fairly new ingredient in skincare, therefore there is still a lot of research into their topical benefits being performed.
It’s best to talk to your doctor before taking oral probiotics to make sure they’re right for you.
I’m currently using Pierre F’s Probiotic skincare line, and it really gives my skin a healthy, calmed feel all day long.
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