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.