So lately it seems that whenever a food becomes trendy/popular it quickly gets translated to the beauty industry. You can find kale infused skin care products, egg white face masks, and dark chocolate inspired eyeshadow palettes. So of course, the question of whether greek yogurt can be used as a beauty product has risen.
what are probiotics?
A little known essential component for our health is the presence of probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast species that are found naturally in our bodies and can be put into foods. Unlike most the bacteria you’re probably thinking of, probiotics are good for us, specifically for our digestion system. They help keep the bad bacteria out and help with many digestion issues, keeping our body in a good harmonious balance.
probiotics in skin care
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, you can not absorb the properties of a food by simply putting it on your face, which is why many DIY recipes aren’t actually that effective. However, in the case of yogurt, these probiotics are alive and active, so scientists are heavily looking into this effect on our skin. Specifically, it has been speculated that live bacteria, aka probiotics, can be used to treat acne, eczema, and rosacea.
I found a peer-reviewed study entitled “Probiotics in Dermatological Practice” in which the researchers conducted a massive literature review and found numerous (~42) studies that cited results from the use of probiotics in skincare. The researchers of this literature review concluded that probiotics may be beneficial in skin care, particularly for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (eczema) in children. Additionally, they noted that further studies should be conducted on the effect of skin care probiotics on skin’s moisture barriers, microbial protection, and immunological balance.
A 2008 study entitled “Probiotics for the treatment or prevention of atopic dermatitis: a review of the evidence from randomized controlled trials” also found that the use of probiotics can help treat atopic dermatitis in children.
While these studies do boast positive results, personally I would like to see more solid evidence to support this trendy skin care ingredient. While I do see studies citing probiotics as a way to treat skin conditions I’m not quite convinced yet that they can help with standard skin issues (aging, hydration, etc).
the DIY Greek yogurt mask
So what about all those greek yogurt based face masks we see on Pinterest? There’s no harm in trying one out! I’ve done a few and the cold yogurt feels extremely refreshing and cleansing on my skin. Unless you have a strong sensitivity towards dairy I would say go ahead and try this mask out, your skin may love it! The EveryGirl wrote an informative article on how to incorporate probiotics into your daily routine and how it may help your skin’s appearance.
So what do you think? Going to give the probiotics skin care trend a chance? I’d love to hear about your experiences! Share any questions or comments below!