You’ve probably heard about the benefits of probiotics and probiotic-rich foods for your digestive system? But did you know that probiotics can help clear your skin too? Studies are beginning to show that probiotics may be a useful tool in the fight against skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and other inflammatory and allergic skin disorders.
As well as having a gut microbiome, we also have a microbiome of bacteria on our skin. And like the bacteria in our gut, the bacteria in our skin needs to stay in balance too. For example, an overgrowth of the bacteria P.Acnes results in increased acne. However, both Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) bacteria and the short chain fatty acid Succinic acid (found in fermented foods) have been shown to help to reduce acne inflammation.
Not only this, our gut-brain axis is thought to stem even further linking it to the overall health of our body, including our skin! Research suggests probiotics have the ability to influence systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control and even our moods. All of which may have important implications for acne and other skin conditions!
It’s still early days for probiotic developments in skincare. But while researchers are looking into potential probiotic enriched creams and formulations to use topically, you can get the benefits of probiotics by consuming them. Studies are currently showing a link between consuming probiotic-rich foods and a reduction in the severity of various skin conditions.
So aside from a healthy wholefood diet, rich in vegetables, fruit and lean protein, why not fuel up with probiotic-rich foods? Some top ones to try include:
You can also give your body (and skin) and extra probiotic boost by taking a multi-strain probiotic supplement.