A generation of young women have grown up being told that the key to clear skin is in what we put on our skin. One thing that we are rarely told by large skin care brands is that what we put into our body is just as important, if not more important, than the brand of cleanser that we use. No matter what your skin issue is, studies are finding that adding probiotics into your diet could be the key to clearing your skin conditions.
Probiotics are commonly thought of as a supplement that are good for your gut. The probiotic capsules that you may have seen in the pharmacy basically contain ‘good’ bacteria that offer a whole range of benefits and foods such as yoghurt also offer the same benefits.
“They promote a healthy digestive system, fight inflammation in the gut, boost the immune system, produce some key nutrients, and limit the growth of bad bacteria and yeast,” RealSelf contributor Dr. Sejal Shah explained. “Although they have been most widely studied in promoting a healthy digestive system and a healthy immune system, they have been shown to have benefits for the skin, as well.”
Several studies have looked into the impact that probiotics can have on various skin conditions and the results look promising. “Small studies from Italy, Russia and Korea have found that probiotics from food or supplements used in conjunction with standard acne treatments may increase the rate of acne clearance, and also helps patients better tolerate acne treatment with antibiotics,” Live Strong reports.
Other studies have found that probiotics can decrease the chance of children developing eczema if consumed by the mother while pregnant, as well as offering significant anti-aging benefits and relief from inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea.
While it is unlikely that probiotics will solve your skin issues as a stand-alone, incorporating a daily probiotic supplement into your routine or eating probiotic foods such as yoghurt or sauerkraut is a fantastic way to support healthy skin development, not to mention overall health for the rest of your body.