Are Probiotics the Solution to Acne?

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You probably didn’t know… but probiotics have an immense influence on the health of our skin.

We all know that probiotics are microorganisms extremely beneficial for our intestinal health. However, by ingesting the stream of probiotics called “Lactobacillus” in the form of a supplement, you will be aiding your skin in its fight against the damaging UV rays from the sun. In the long term, this implies a significant reduction in the ageing effects of long term sun exposure. The good news doesn’t stop there! Studies have also found that probiotics will also help with treating acne and dermatitis given the anti-inflammatory properties they possess. They help build a strong protective barrier for the skin. By taking oral probiotic supplements or by including them in your diet, you can theoretically restore a healthy environment in your gut and keep the skin inflammations to a minimum.

A study published in the journal Nutrition in 2010 found that acne sufferers who consumed a Lactobacillus-fermented beverage for 12 weeks produced less sebum and had fewer acne lesions.

The following skin improvements were noted:

  1. less reddening;
  2. less acne and inflammations; and
  3. Stronger and healthier looking skin

Interestingly enough, all the leading cosmetic brands are investing significantly in the research and development of topical probiotic creams. Topical applications of live bacteria have also been found to have similar effects. This is the next big thing to hit the industry!

So, to recap, below is a summary of all the potential benefits for your skin:

  • Improved skin tone
  • Reduction and regulation of oil in the skin
  • Maintain an ideal level of moisture
  • Prevents aging
  • Barrier against sun damage
  • Increase the production of collagen
  • Reduction in acne and allergies
  • Deliver a healthy glow and do away with the tired look

If you are still sitting at your desk,reading this and you not already lining up at the chemist for this miracle, hard-to-believe treatment for a new rejuvenated you, I really urge you to get out the door!

I have definitely noticed an improvement after just one month on the Qiara probiotic. (This brand is a little expensive I must say, as it is isolated from breast milk). My acne reduced by around 80%. My hair is also not as oily and requiring fewer washes in the week.

Make sure you use a brand recommended by a Dr or dermatologist. I used to drink the Valia branded oral one sold in drinkable yogurt form from the supermarket and I can’t say I noticed any improvements.

Happy experimenting!