Probiotics for Radiant and Clear Skin

by Megan Goslee, LVN

When we think of probiotics, we think of digestive health, a healthy immune system, and weight loss.  These are wonderful benefits of probiotics, but there’s more!  Did you know that probiotics can also promote clear and radiant skin?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially for your digestive system.  What connection does our digestive system have to our skin? A lot more than you’d think!  The gut is a major part of our immune system. It basically digests what we need, gets rid of what we don’t need, and keeps foreign invaders away from our bodies to help us stay disease-free.

You may have noticed a correlation between what you eat and how your skin reacts. For example, pizza, chips, and chocolate are not the best meal choices for a nice, clear face. The gut and skin are both organs of detoxification. Thus, there is a major gut-skin connection. If you have acne, there is a very high change your gut isn’t in the best shape either. Flourishing the gut with good healthy bacteria helps break down oils and toxins, which would usually come through pores causing acne.

Here’s a glance at some of the benefits probiotics can offer our skin:

  • Probiotics lower skin inflammation.
  • Probiotics help absorb essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, which help promote healthy skin.
  • Probiotics increase water absorption in the body helping flush the body and skin cells of toxins.
  • Probiotics help regulate glycemic levels (when glycemic levels are not balanced neither is your skin)
  • Probiotics strengthen immunity against both gut-harming and skin-harming pathogens.

 

Choosing which probiotic to use may be the hardest part when starting a new skin regimen. While probiotic capsules are a quick, easy, and very effective, there are many other options. There are now topical probiotics like skin soaps, lotions, and highly concentrated serums.  Through recent studies, The American Academy of Dermatology has found that topical application also decreases skin sensitivity and redness, and can result in a reduced appearance of fine lines.

Overall, probiotics are all around very beneficial to our overall health.  Whether you’re taking them for gut health or radiant skin, start taking them today!

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.