Skin prone to acne or rosacea has shown improvement with daily probiotic use, giving dermatologists reason to consider supplementing traditional acne therapy with a dose of this beneficial bacteria. Some manufacturers have started using probiotics in their products including probiotic masks, creams or cleansers. Topical probiotics can benefit the skin as follows:-
- Acne microorganisms on the skin are recognized as foreign by the body’s immune system. The immune system springs into action to counter this potential threat resulting in the inflammation, redness, or bumps common in these skin conditions. Probiotics applied topically sit on the skin’s surface and prevent the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause this immune system response.
- Sometimes the substances produced by probiotics have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can create holes in bad bacteria and kill them.
- When certain types of probiotics are placed in contact with skin cells, they calm the parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of bad bacteria that they see as a threat.
The probiotics will line the gut and create a healthy, sealed barrier that prevents inflammation that can trigger acne or rosacea. Korean study of 56 acne patients found that drinking a Lactobacillus-fermented dairy beverage effectively reduced their total acne lesion count and decreased oil production.
Presently, probiotics could be used as an effective combination therapy with prescription medications or over-the-counter topical treatments with consultation of dermotolgists.