Topical Probiotics and Acne

by Natural_Skin_Care

Do topical probiotics help acne? Probiotics and acne are the best combination to restore the skin's acid mantle and give you clear skin.

Acne used to be something you endured through your teen years and never had to put up with again. Unfortunately, legions of people well out of their teens seem to be dealing with this problem.

We all live with the bacteria that causes acne. It's only when the microflora that lives on our skin gets out of whack that it becomes a problem.

Pimples crop up for reasons ranging from diet to hormones, but no matter what the cause the skin's protective layer--the mantle--is usually affected and out of balance. This is how topical probiotics help acne.

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The acid mantle is an acidic film on the skin’s surface. It’s made of the skin’s own sebum secretions and sweat and acts as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria and other pathogens. It also helps retain moisture.  

In addition, human skin has millions of bacteria and other microscopic life forms living on its surface. They also function as part of the skin's defenses. When things are working well, 'bad bacteria' and 'good bacteria' are in balance and the skin is healthy.

There are several ways that this system of microflora can be disturbed:

  • using harsh alkaline skin care products
  • excessive sugar causing bacterial growth and hormonal problems
  • generally poor diet

When the skin's defenses are weakened, some organisms will proliferate unchecked, and the next thing you know there's a flare up of acne. This is where topical probiotics help acne by bringing things back in balance.

Probiotics and Acne

Probiotic supplements are known to be helpful for digestive issues. Many people take them to stay 'regular' or to get back on track after a round of antibiotics. However, they are also being used in skin care products for various skin problems.

Research has shown that human skin is populated by a diverse range of bacteria and topical probiotics can help restore the balance of organisms so the amount of acne bacteria is reduced and the acid mantle is healthy and functioning properly again.

The benefit of dealing with acne in this way is that instead of exposing yourself to phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or estrogen-mimicking chemicals, you naturally enhance the barrier function of your skin. The root cause of your acne is treated instead of the symptoms.

While topical probiotics help acne, they are also being targeted for other skin issues. Take the problem of body odor. Once you identify the bacteria that causes odor, why not target the problem with another bacteria to wipe the first one out? 

Expect to see more probiotic skin care products as the research is refined. Future strains of bacteria will laser focus on a myriad of problems ranging from collagen production to foot odor.

Updated: 10/19/2022, Natural_Skin_Care
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Natural_Skin_Care on 06/20/2014

Yes, you can't just put any type of probiotics on your skin. Certain strains are helpful.

fernando perez on 06/16/2014

there are some probiotics that do not need oxygen to live, which are the ones found in the yogurt. Those probiotics will not do anything to your skin if applied as yogurt because they cannot survive in the presence of oxygen

Natural_Skin_Care on 02/20/2014

Many adults struggle with acne. Hope the tips help.

Natural_Skin_Care on 02/20/2014

Yes, it can be a bear. Thanks for stopping by.

Natural_Skin_Care on 02/20/2014

Yes, individuals differ. Thanks for commenting.

Natural_Skin_Care on 02/20/2014

Acne can be rough on teens. Thanks for commenting!

David Haines on 02/05/2014

Great tips Clara! I'm going to check some of these out. My son who's 15 is going through those rough years of some acne showing up. Thank you for the reviews.

Krystle on 02/03/2014

These are some great treatments. It all just depends on what works best for you.

Nate on 02/03/2014

I know a lot of people struggle with this. Even myself when I was younger. Not so much now that I'm an adult but they come up every now and then. This is a great post!

Jennifer Clay on 02/03/2014

Ha! That is what I thought! That pimples would go away once I got out my teens. Boy, what a joke! I am 27 and still deal with pimples.

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