Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

The “good” bac­te­ria that live in our guts are also at home on—and good for— our skin, help­ing main­tain its equi­lib­rium so it doesn’t be­come ir­ri­tated or overly oily or dry. “Ap­plied top­i­cally in skin­care treat­ments, cer­tain pro­bi­otic strains have been shown to help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion. Fur­ther re­search is needed to pin­point which ones can fight acne and flare-ups caused by rosacea,” says Bir­nur Aral, Ph.D., Good House­keep­ing In­sti­tute Beauty Lab di­rec­tor. For max­i­mum ef­fi­cacy, look for probiotics in treat­ment prod­ucts such as serums and mois­tur­iz­ers rather than those that are rinsed off, like cleansers and masks, so the in­gre­di­ents will stay on your skin.

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