Can pro­bi­otics re­ally improve your com­plex­ion?

We all know “friendly bac­te­ria” can be good for your health, but now it’s ap­pear­ing in skin­care prod­ucts. Our beauty expert sorts the fact from fic­tion

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Beauty jar­gon can be hard to digest, but the lat­est buzz­word is one ex­cep­tion. We’re all fa­mil­iar with pro­bi­otics and how they can help main­tain a healthy gut, thanks to for­ti­fied yo­ghurt drinks, but did you know that when packed into skin­care prod­ucts they can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on your skin, too? We ask the ex­perts how…


Only a small amount of the pro­bi­otics we eat reaches the skin, so adding more in a top­i­cal face cream can re­ally help. El­iz­a­beth Arden Con­sult­ing Der­ma­tol­o­gist, Dr Dendy En­gel­man, ex­plains, “Bil­lions of nat­u­ral bac­te­ria, both healthy and un­healthy, re­side on the sur­face layer of the skin, and if they be­come im­bal­anced it can re­sult in skin prob­lems. For skin to func­tion prop­erly and pro­tect it­self, ph lev­els need to be balanced.”


Pro­bi­otics are es­sen­tially friendly bac­te­ria, and us­ing skin prod­ucts that con­tain them can help to re­boot your com­plex­ion in three ways. They neu­tralise bad bac­te­ria to calm in­flam­ma­tion, ramp up your nat­u­ral de­fence mech­a­nism to tackle pol­lu­tion that at­tacks the skin’s sur­face and also add some mus­cle-power to the skin’s barrier to lock in mois­ture more ef­fec­tively.


Whether you’re prone to blem­ish break­outs, strug­gling to hy­drate parched skin, or live in an area with higher pol­lu­tion lev­els, in­tro­duc­ing a dose of pro­bi­otic into your daily beauty regime will help ben­e­fit your com­plex­ion. Look out for cleansers and mois­turis­ers con­tain­ing L. Bi­fidus – a pro­bi­otic that can be ap­plied top­i­cally to the skin.

Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jus­tine Kluk adds, “Any­body with dry, rough or re­ac­tive skin can ben­e­fit from prod­ucts that re­in­force or re­store the skin’s barrier in or­der to achieve smoother, bet­ter hy­drated and more com­fort­able skin.”

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