What’s the deal with probiotics and skin?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that help to improve gut health and overall well-being by re-populating the gastrointestinal tract (aka your microbiome) with healthy bacteria. The more beneficial bacteria we have, the less likely we are to see skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and acne rearing their head.
Probiotics can boost the skin’s production of ceramides (fats that trap moisture in the skin) and keep acne-causing bacteria levels in check. Our skin pH increases with age, making it drier and allowing more ‘bad’ bacteria to grow. Probiotics feed healthy bacteria to balance the skin’s pH and protect against free radical damage (say goodbye to acne and wrinkles!).
So, can probiotics really help with skin conditions?
The short answer is yes! Probiotics have multiple beneficial qualities to help treat common skin issues including:
Calms internal inflammation
Taking probiotics is your best bet to keep the gut lining working properly. There are acne-causing bacteria that can promote inflammation in the skin, but a healthy dose of probiotics can help keep acne at bay.
Protects the skin from environmental damage
Fighting off sources of irritation and infection is easier with probiotics. Probiotics can fend off bad bacteria in the gut and help fight harmful bugs from triggering that inflammation in the first place.
Strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier
If you’ve gone a bit too hard with scrubbing and cleansing, you might have weakened your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Probiotics can help restore the skin’s natural barrier function, which is vital to banishing redness, sensitivity, breakouts, and irritation.
Put simply, probiotics, and more generally, a healthy balanced gut, are both critical factors in maintaining healthy, glowing skin.