Can Probiotics help your skin?

You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics to improve our gut flora in the digestive tract and boost the bodies immunity, but more recently, scientific research has proven it can also alleviate symptoms associated with inflamed skin conditions like eczema, rashes or rosacea.

So what are probiotics?

Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria. These ’friendly’ microorganisms are responsible for restoring balance in our bodies by making sure that any bad bacteria is kept under control and prevents it from causing illnesses.

In addition, probiotics are known to successfully fight gut inflammation, help our bodies absorb certain types of nutrients and keep the immune system in optimum shape. but did you know there are also many probiotic benefits for the skin?

Probiotics can greatly improve skin conditions and have the power to prevent wrinkles and increase skin’s hydration, amongst other things.

The body is a finely tuned machine that needs to be maintained correctly in order to function in the best possible way. If we fail to give it what it needs, sooner or later the consequences of our actions and lifestyle choices will start to show.

There are many offenders that can cause gut bacteria to become unbalanced such as excessive consumption of sugar and processed food, antibiotics and steroid medications, hormones, carbonated drinks, caffeine and various chemicals added to the food we eat... the list goes on. Add in to the mix a hectic daily routine, stress and inadequate sleep it can all take a toll on gut health and bacteria balance.

An unbalanced gut can not only effect how you feel, but can also effect how you look on the outside too.

What are the benefits of Probiotics for your skin?

If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea or generally red or inflamed skin, latest research suggests this could be improved by balancing your gut flora.

Conditions such as Acne are worsened by inflammatory responses, so keeping inflammation at bay with the regular use of probiotics can provide much-needed relief and result in a calmer, clearer skin. UV damage also causes inflammation which can be helped by Probiotics.

In addition, there is evidence that certain strains of probiotics have a beneficial effect on the skins barrier function. The stronger your skin barrier is, the more water is retained in the skin which is essential to youthful looking skin. The skins micro-biome (bacteria which lives on your skin) can also be improved by Probiotics.

Skin Youth Biome from the Advanced Nutrition Programme combined four different bacterial strains and vitamin C to improve your gut flora and promote collagen formation. This combination of live cultures and vitamin C works in synergy to give a smoother, clearer and more youthful looking complexion.

To find out whether skin biome would help you, give me a call or book in for a free consultation.

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