Probiotics in skincare? This isn’t new but more and more companies are marketing their products based around the probiotics they contain. Most of my clients are already using probiotics in their skincare, especially if their skin health is challenged with increased environmental elements and daily stressors like having a busy lifestyle or living in uncontrolled high pollution environments. Probiotics applied topically help prevent complexion changes ranging from stress-induced breakouts, skin irritation, dryness, and overall problematic skin. Boosting your skin’s defense with topical probiotics is a vital component in modern skincare, but definitely nothing new. More and more skin care companies are just now finally catching on and it’s a wonderful way to market products since its incredibly beneficial.
The skin is the body’s first line of defense. Your immune system recognizes foreign invaders both topically or internally and triggers the inflammatory process creating erythema on the skin. Topical probiotics will actually help prevent your skin cells from recognizing bad bacteria limiting the inflammatory immune system response. This is called ‘bacterial interference.’ Balancing the bacteria aids your skin in overcompensating for the decrease in epidermal water loss and overactive sebaceous glands.
How do topical probiotics help with acne? They have antimicrobial benefits which not only help with acne but your skin’s overall appearance and health. They help decrease skin sensitivity, redness, and irritation, which in turn makes it an overall anti-aging ingredient to have in your skincare routine. Not only do they have anti-inflammatory properties, but they increase ceramide production to balance your skin’s barrier function (which, who doesn’t want more ceramides?!).
What makes one stand out from another? The concentration, formulation and most importantly, the technology used creates a powerful probiotic product.
Let me know if you would like help deciding which probiotic product best fits your skin’s needs.