That taking probiotics – in food or supplement form – is essential for the optimal health of the gut is well known to many people. Few are, however, aware of the health benefits of probiotics to the skin.
Over and above the retinol, hyaluronic acid and a host of vitamins that characterize your regular skin care regimen, a new breed of probiotics – the essential, friendly bacteria that line our guts – is now taking center stage in skin care.
How probiotics work and why they are essential to the skin
Dietary probiotics normally help prevent, or treat, problems in the stomach and also help with skin problems such as acne, rosacea and eczema. This is the skin treatment provided by probiotics from the inside.
What we’re focusing on here, though, is the topical version of probiotics currently found in topical beauty products like moisturizers, cleansers and serums. Just like the dietary versions, these probiotics have the properties that strengthen the skin’s barrier, soothe inflammation, and even reduce acne. The products are especially popular for their calming effect on the skin, due to their rich supply of the good bacteria.
Once the bacteria in these products come in contact with the skin, their cell contents interact with the receptors in the skin thereby initiating an immune response that creates the noticeable soothing effect.
Normally, the human skin has a natural ecosystem of good bacteria that play a vital protective role. Unfortunately, this ecosystem usually gets damaged by the human lifestyle, punctuated by the tendency to clean the skin. As a result, the person is likely to experience dry, sensitive skin.
Introducing probiotics into the skin care equation is one major way to help rebuild the bacterial ecosystem necessary for healthy skin.
Who can benefit the most from probiotics in skin care?
Anyone who needs glowing, radiant skin will hugely benefit from probiotics-infused skin care. Those who have sensitive skin types are, however, likely to benefit more from the bacteria’s clever ability to strengthen and rebuild the skin’s barrier.
Should you consider probiotics for your skin care regime? Well, that’s yours to decide. Nonetheless, this write-up should help enlighten you on the benefits to help you make an informed decision.
Written by: Winnie Kotieno