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The Science of Probiotics & Acne

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The Science of Probiotics & Acne

Probiotics have been the must-have for gut health in the past years. Can it help skin health too? Definitive research are in its early stages, but there is enough evidence to suggest that it probiotics will play a role in the future of acne treatment.

What are probiotics? In simple terms, probiotics are microorganisms that are "good" bacteria and yeast found in the body, supplements, or fermented foods (kombucha, kimchi). Studies show that these organisms strengthens the immune system and promotes overall health. 

So which probiotic strain do I take to improve skin? It depends on what you're trying to target and which skin conditions you have. Today, we will talk about probiotics and acne.

Studies have shown that those with acne had less healthy bacteria (lactobacillus and bifidobacteria specifically). This shows that acne is connected to intestinal issues - following this logic, improve acne by taking probiotics that improve digestive health.  A study in 2010 showed that lactobacillus-fermented dairy led to acne and oil production after 12 weeks. 

Probiotics for skin is relatively new but research published thus far has illustrated that probiotics for skin improvement is promising. “Although I don’t envision probiotics ever being used as a standalone treatment for acne or rosacea, they could be used as an effective combination therapy with prescription medications or over-the-counter topical treatments,” says Whitney P. Bowe.

We compiled a list of probiotics that are best for acne: Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilusLactococcus lactis, Bacillus coagulan, Bifidobacterium bifidum,  lactis, Enterococcus fecalis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus salivarius.

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