The Power of Topical Probiotics

The term probiotics has long been a buzz word in the nutrition world, but it’s increasingly being used in skin care and makeup products.

Probiotics, when taken internally, help regulate the digestive system. The skinny on topical probiotics is that they are said to help restore balance to the naturally-occurring bacteria found on our skin and reverse the underlying causes of skin irritation such as rosacea and redness. Probiotics ensure that good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check, which can help normalize acne prone skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

The theory behind the benefits of probiotics is that each day our skin is essentially under attack from aggressors such as the sun and pollution, which leads to skin that is out of balance and susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles and acne. Products containing probiotics help balance skin’s pH and return it to a healthy state, according to trade journal Inside Cosmeceuticals.

If you’re like me, you’ve been ingrained to think that all bacteria is negative, and that it’s actually the cause of skin conditions like acne, rosacea and skin damage. According to dermatologist Lisa Haynes, who helped develop SK1N Probiotic Systems, a complete range of products that feature prebiotics and probiotics, keeping the good bacteria actually protects against premature skin damage and aging, and improves acne, rosacea and dermatits.

SK1N Probiotic Systems is an eight product line featuring a cleanser, day cream, night cream, booster serum, hand cream, body lotion, masque and eye cream. All products contain SK1N Probiotic Systems’ clinically-proven probiotic actives combine with prebiotic nutrients for products that work to help reduce skin irritation such as redness and rosacea, clear acne breakouts and fight the signs of aging. I’ve personally used the Booster Serum and it cleared up my mild redness in just three days. It also helps keep my skin breakout free and balanced.

Popular makeup and skin care brand Clinique recently introduced Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology to help conceal redness while also diminishing it over time. Probiotic technology helps strengthen skin’s barrier so it’s less prone to redness flare ups, while SPF 15 and antioxidants protect from sun damage and environmental aggressors.

Nude Skincare is a luxe line of face, body and supplements that harness probiotic technology to help reduce cellular damage by up to 50 percent, activate cellular renewal by up to 70 percent and reduce irritation by up to 35 percent, according to the company. The probiotics in Nude Skincare help to rebalance skin by regulating excess oil production and protect against over drying.