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A Brief Overview of the Benefits of Probiotics for Your Skin

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If you are struggling with a skin condition like rosacea or eczema, a good strategy is to take care of your microbiome. A microbiome is a community of microorganisms that exist in a particular environment, including different areas in the human body, such as the skin, GI tract, urinary tract, and more. You can learn more about the microbiome and what may look like for those with eczema in our blog post, “Struggle with Eczema? This is What Your Skin Microbiome May Look Like”. 

Probiotics are live bacteria that support the commensal bacteria in the human body. Taking probiotic supplements or applying topical probiotics allow the good bacteria to take up more space in the microbiome, causing bad, pathogenic bacteria to die off.

Taking probiotic supplements can decrease transepidermal water loss, which is the amount of water that evaporates from the skin into the air, by influencing skin barrier function. This can improve skin dryness and help maintain the skin’s moisture. Certain probiotics, such as Lactobacillus plantarum HY7714, can boost ceramide levels, which help maintain the skin’s barrier and keep it hydrated. This type of probiotic is beneficial for eczema-prone skin, which typically has low levels of ceramides. Learn more about the benefits of probiotics for those with eczema through our blog post, “Are probiotics beneficial for eczema sufferers?” 

Studies have shown that the health of our gut can affect our skin. Problems with gut bacteria are linked to inflammatory skin conditions, as gut bacteria influence the immune system. Research has also shown that gut bacteria issues can contribute to skin diseases such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Taking oral probiotics can improve inflammatory skin conditions, improving both gut and skin health. 

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