I s probiotic skincare the answer to all our skin troubles? #TeamCLEO finds out from the expert.
Think ” you are what you eat ”
i me to stock your top shelf with bacteria! Sorr y i f t hat doesn’t sound as appealing as 24K gold, but good bacteria a. k . a probiotics are huge i n skincare RN. Regularly consuming probiotics f rom supplements or f ermented f oods will sor t out gutrelated i ssues but new evidence supports t he use of pro and prebiotics to t reat and prevent atopic dermatitis and acne, says Dr. I rene Lee, Consultant Dermatologist at Pantai Hospital .
WAIT, WE NEED BACTERIA?
Yes! At l east , t he f r i endly ones. “Probiotics are l i ve microorganisms t hat , when administered i n adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to t he host , ” explained Dr. I rene. “Prebiotics are non- digestible oligosaccharides , which selectively stimulate t he growth of probiotics , t hus producing a probiotic ef f ect.” I ngesting probiotics can do wonders f or your gut , which i n t urn af f ects t he complexion. “Probiotics are believed to correct or i mprove gut microfloral i mbalance t hus restoring normal gut permeabilit y, i mproving t he i mmune system, and reducing gut i nflammation,” said Dr. I rene. Those with acne might see an i mprovement too. “Probiotics act by correcting i ntestinal microflora i mbalance, hence decreasing t he body i nflammation t hat plays a par t i n acne f ormation. I t ’ s also been shown to regulate t he hormonal sensitivit y i nvolved i n t he role of high glycaemic f ood i n acne.”
“Like oral probiotics and prebiotics , t here i s evidence to show t hat topical probiotics and prebiotics may i mprove t he skin , ” said Dr. I rene although she stresses t hat such evidence are not yet concrete. “Certain probiotics can reduce skin i nflammation, while some t hermal spa water has been f ound to contain probiotic components,” she continued. Because reaching f or harsh cleansers and t reatments can upset your skin’s microbiome, opting f or probiotic and prebiotic - i nfused products might be what you need to soothe your skin and restore t hat healthy glow.
Ingesting probiotics can do wonders for your gut, which in turn affects the complexion.