Reward for maintaining a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in the body has reached the skin, beyond benefiting the digestive tract alone—thus, connecting the dots between probiotics and beauty. Several studies have suggested that topical probiotics or the “good bacteria” might be helpful in maintaining the health and appearance of the skin by playing a crucial role in preventing or treating certain skin conditions.
Following are a few skin conditions, wherein probiotics have been found to show most promising results (Kober and Bowe, 2015):
Preliminary study results have showed that topical probiotics may help reduce the number of active skin lesions like acne, thought to be by forming a defensive shield, thus preventing harmful bacteria from reaching the skin, aggravating the immune system and triggering inflammation.
It is an inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, as well as small red bumps or pimples. Studies have suggested that probiotics are helpful in regulating rosacea flare-ups and symptoms when conjugated with medication.
There are some evidences proving the use of probiotics to protect skin from the effects of aging, wherein probiotics have been found to be effective in building collagen, hydrating aging skin, protective against sun damage and improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.