probiotics & skin care

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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!


5 thoughts on “probiotics & skin care

  1. Eileen says:

    I think they still have a lot of research to do! I don’t know about in the gut, but probiotics outside of the gut are fragile little buggers and I’ve yet to see any data on the survivability rate for probiotics when mixed into a topical formulation that is going to be applied to the skin. Also, since “probiotics” is a catch-all phrase that refers to numerous strains of bacteria and yeasts, it’s important to know exactly what strains ar being incorporated into products, what their survivability rate is, how they interact with the other micro-organisms that live on our skin, and how efficacious they are in addressing specific skincare concerns. Yeah, a whole lot more research needs to be done. In the meantime, “probiotic” has become a trendy marketing buzzword like stem cell, DNA, etc. As for applying yogurt to the face, that has been done for thousands of years. Ancient peoples didn’t know about lactic acid per se, but they did know that bathing in milk, applying masks of yogurt, etc. rendered the skin smoother and more even toned.

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    • Paige DeGarmo says:

      I completely agree with what you’ve said! I actually just read an article that explained this phenomenon very well. They stated that cutting dairy out from your diet may help prevent/treat acne breakouts, however, milk-based products are very soothing and hydrating towards the skin. I found this to be very insightful for those who are suffering from acne.


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