September 20 2021 – Genevieve Chaplin
In the last few years, you’ve likely heard a lot more about how probiotics & prebiotics can boost your health, particularly your gut health. But did you know they can provide skin benefits as well? Applying a probiotic or a prebiotic to your skin is one of the most direct and effective ways that you can affect your skin’s microbiome. Let’s dive into this topic and discuss how you can get started with microbiome friendly skincare.
What Is the Skin’s Microbiome?
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s colonized by diverse microorganisms (also called microbiota or microbes) which create a microbiome. These include bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, etc. While most of these are harmless (or even beneficial), the disruption to this ecosystem can result in skin disorders or infections.
Probiotics are live bacteria that support the healthy bacteria in your body. When you apply probiotics to your skin, you’re helping to replenish the beneficial microorganisms that reduce acne outbreaks, manage dry skin, keep eczema at bay, or eliminate any other skin issues you may be experiencing. When you add prebiotics to your skin, you are feeding the good bacteria (probiotics) so that they can achieve all of the above!
What Are the Benefits of Microbiome Friendly Skincare?
- Stabilizes inflammatory skin conditions
When applied topically, research suggests that probiotics help to calm conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. They’re anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. This helps to prevent the immune system from attacking other living microorganisms. This ultimately reduces flare-ups of skin conditions. Furthermore, some probiotics can actually target and kill the bad bacteria before they trigger inflammation.
- Strengthens skin’s natural defences
By reinforcing the skin’s natural defences against bad bacteria, pollution, and free radical damage, probiotics reduce the threat of infection and reduce the skin’s pH. This ultimately helps prevent disruption to your skin’s normal functioning.
- Delays signs of aging
Topical probiotics help to calm inflammation, which makes them ideal for targeting wrinkles and preventing premature aging. They also promote better moisture, which can allow your skin to maintain better elasticity and retain the nourishing properties in your skincare products.
- Repairs the skin
Probiotic skincare works to repair the skin if it has been damaged. It can be used on all skin— even sensitive skin — and has a positive impact regardless of your skin type. As you begin to build a skincare routine, incorporate topical probiotics as one of your regular products. You’ll support your skin’s microbiome and love the results.
Disclaimer: This blog post is solely for informative purposes. Even though research indicates that prebiotics/probiotics can alleviate certain skin conditions, we do not make any therapeutic or medical claims about our skincare. Our skincare is meant only for cosmetic purposes.