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Prebiotics, Probiotics and your Skin

Prebiotics, Probiotics & your Skin

There is a long standing acknowledgement that probiotics are beneficial for gut help. Good gut health can improve symptoms of bloating, digestive and inflammatory disorders such as dermatitis, eczema and rosacea. Probiotics have now been shown to have benefits to our skin’s barrier (skin biome) when used in skin care products. Probiotics need prebiotics to help stimulate the growth of good bacteria. It is important to have both present in the gut. 

What are probiotics? 

Probiotics consist of live microorganisms (such as bacterias, fungi and yeast) that can assist in maintaining a healthy gut system. They are also known as the “good bacteria”. Probiotics help to maintain good digestion and balance the gut resulting in a healthier and stronger immune system. 

What are prebiotics? 

Prebiotics are the food source for probiotics. They are found in fibre rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. Prebiotics help probiotics to maintain a healthy gut and digestion. 

What is our skin biome? 

Our skin biome is made up of trillions of microorganisms and bacteria that sit on the upper layers of our skin. These microorganisms form our skin microbiome that helps to protect skin from pathogens and keep it healthy. An imbalance in our microbiome can result in irritation, inflammation, acne and can affect conditions such as perioral dermatitis, eczema and rosacea. 

Benefits of probiotics on the skin 

Probiotics can have a beneficial impact on our skin such as: 

  • balancing the skin biome 
  • reducing inflammation 
  • reducing redness and irritation 
  • supporting the skin barrier function 
  • improving acne hydrating 

If your skin feels compromised, irritated, flaky or experiencing acne or eczema, including some products that contain prebiotics or probiotics in their formula may help to rebalance and calm the skin. 

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