Are Probiotics the Next Big Thing in Beauty Creams?  Not So Fast!

Are Probiotics the Next Big Thing in Beauty Creams? Not So Fast!

Jun 17th 2017

instagram-yogurt.jpgThe latest “hot” ingredient for topical beauty products is probiotics.  Medical research has found many health issues to be linked to gut health and the proper balance of “good” bacteria.  Your intestinal tract accounts for a high percentage of your immune system, and a healthy immune system relies on an abundance of good flora in your gut.  “ Dysbiosis [imbalance] of the gut bacteria communities can cause many chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, cancer, and autism.”  International Journal of Molecular Sciences

These revelations about the importance of good bacteria (probiotics) for our overall health has led to research into other benefits of probiotics, particularly the use of good bacteria for skin health, especially for treating conditions like acne and rosacea.  Before you rush out and buy the latest product, let’s hear from the experts, the American Academy of Dermatology:

"First of all, this research is only in its beginning stages.  When medicine discovered the benefits of probiotics, it is important to note that research looked into the best strains of friendly bacteria to treat infections and chronic intestinal diseases.  Not all friendly bacteria are created equal!  Just because an ingredient is a “probiotic” does not mean that it will be effective in treating skin issues.  More research is needed (and is underway) to identify the specific strains of bacteria that will address skin problems, and whether topical application will be effective. 

Second, oral probiotics already on the market may have an effect on these skin issues.  An imbalance of intestinal bacteria can cause the gut lining to leak, and toxins can leak into the bloodstream causing inflammation in the body and result in flare ups of acne and rosacea.   Studies have shown that introducing probiotics in your diet has a positive effect on relieving acne and rosacea symptoms, reducing lesions and excess oil production."

The beauty industry is quick to jump on anything new to put their products in forefront.  However, just because it is new and there are blog posts to back it up, it doesn’t mean that it is a guaranteed treatment and you should rush out and buy the latest product.  Talk to your doctor and dermatologist about the best way to introduce healthy, good bacteria into your immune system.  You’ll probably find a much cheaper, and equally effective way to clear up your skin!