By now you know that probiotics are good for your gut, but did you know that they’re good for your skin too?
While most people are aware of the benefits of ingesting probiotics, they might be less well versed on the topical benefits. There’s a growing body of research showing that putting probiotics directly on our skin can be a good thing, for example, researchers have shown a link between probiotic use and clearer skin in patients with acne.
For people working on skin health, the potential of probiotics is exciting. “The American Academy of Dermatoloy has called probiotics one of the new beauty breakthroughs as they’ve been shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation,” Gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa told Yahoo News.
While the development of topical probiotics is just starting, many people already swear by the benefits of the DIY yogurt facial. Yogurt masks have been shown to have clinical benefits like improving moisture and elasticity of the skin, and while putting yogurt on your face might sound like the new thing to do, it has much older roots. In India, for example, brides-to-be apply a yogurt and turmeric mask before their wedding day. With its lactic acid, which helps smooth rough, dry skin, yogurt has been a popular at home body treatment even before people were talking about probiotics.
As we become conscious of the power of probiotics, it’s no surprise that the benefits are not only reserved to our gut.
“We have good and bad bacteria on our skin, just as we do in our gut,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and genetics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City told Prevention. “If the balance is off-kilter, it can result in acne or rosacea.”
Of course brands are hopping on board to make probiotic-powered beauty products, but ultimately if you’re looking to get more probiotics into your diet and onto your skin, you don’t have to head to the makeup aisle. Stick to the yogurt facial (and if you do, make sure it’s the good ole plain stuff), and make sure you’re eating a diet with lots of fermented foods to ensure that you’re getting the probiotics naturally, and doing all you can to keep your skin healthy from the inside out.
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