Growing up, you probably remember Jamie Lee Curtis all over our screens talking about Activia. This yoghurt is different than other yoghurts because it’s specifically used for regulating our gut. I remember purchasing it once. It tasted like vanilla and never thought about it again. Years later, probiotics are back on our screens, but this time advertised as skincare. Every year the skincare industry has a different trend. One year it’s superfoods in skincare, another year chocolate and the most recent is natural skincare. Some of these trends last while others become simple buzzwords in the skincare industry. So, is probiotic skincare worth the hype?
What are Probiotics?
Before discussing the benefits of probiotics in skincare, it’s important to understand what probiotics are. In simple terms, probiotics are the good bacteria in our bodies. This bacteria is particularly found in our digestive system’s, to keep it healthy. Despite the common misconception that claims all bacteria is bad; probiotics contain good bacteria. Similar to everything else in life, there’s a balance between the good and the bad. Besides balancing your body, it’s also extremely useful for those taking antibiotics. Furthermore, there’s a strong variety of Probiotics with different strains of bacteria. WebMD discussed three of the most common: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Saccharomyces boulardii.
Benefits of Probiotics in Skincare
Although, not all dermatologists believe probiotic skincare works, there are a few that believe in the benefits. In a recent Vogue interview, Dr. Francesca Fusco, claims that probiotics work similar for the skin, as they do for the digestive system. Additionally, she states that they help the skin remain in a balanced state. Moreover, they help reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces flare ups and even premature ageing! Due to the free radicals we’re exposed to everyday, probiotics help calm the skin from environmental stressors and boost the skin’s defence. According to an Elle interview, Marie Drago, founder of Galline, states there’s a number of studies which prove that products containing lactobacillus, help improve acne. She goes on to say that she believes in the new few years, we will treat acne not with antibiotics but with probiotics.
Is it worth the hype?
Honestly, I have not read one article that claims probiotic skincare is bad. Therefore, I’ll definitely be trying it. Furthermore, considering some of these bacterias can be found in fermented foods like yoghurt; how bad can it be? Moreover, probiotic skincare is quite safe and usually naturally derived; compared to the chemicals found in today’s skincare. Nonetheless, I always recommend doing your own research to make sure you don’t have any skin allergies or intolerances!
Would you try it out? Leave your opinions in the comments below.