3 Probiotic Strains That Help Your Skin When Used Topically 

Gastroenterologist By Roshini Raj, M.D.
Gastroenterologist
Dr. Roshini Raj is a board certified gastroenterologist, national media personality, and co-founder of Tula healthy-living brand and skincare line. She received her medical degree from New York University, where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology.
4 Probiotics That Might Be The Answer To All Your Skin Care Woes

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One of the best ways to defeat inflamed, stressed-out skin is by working probiotics into our skin care routine. We have both "good" and "bad" bacteria in and on our bodies. Probiotics are the "good" kind that help maintain total body wellness, including keeping the gut healthy and improving our skin health.

One of the best ways to defeat dry skin is by working probiotics into our everyday skin care routine. Just as oral probiotics help balance the microflora in our digestive system, scientific studies have shown that applying topical probiotics can be hugely beneficial for our skin's microbiome.

Surprised? Here's how it works.

We have both "good" and "bad" bacteria in and on our bodies. Probiotics are the "good" kind that help maintain total body wellness, including keeping the gut healthy and improving our skin health. One of the ways probiotics repair and moisturize our skin is by helping produce hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance our body produces and is a major contributor to the elasticity, tightness, and strength of our skin.

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Benefits from topical probitocs

When the production of HA increases, our skin becomes more hydrated. In addition to preventing the loss of hydration, probiotics strengthen our skin so that it can act as a physical barrier to keep out pathogens, bad bacteria, pollution, and other microbes. This also helps keep hydration in our skin so it doesn't evaporate. All of these benefits from probiotics will reduce the inflammation and redness.

So now that we know all about the advantages of probiotics, what's the next step? Probiotics come in all shapes and sizes and are made up of different "breeds" or strains, each of which can have a special benefit for the skin. Here are three strains that benefit every single skin type when used topically:

1. Lactococcus Ferment

When used topically, this strain has been shown to help with cell turnover and smoothness. It can help exfoliate the skin, which is especially critical in dry weather to prevent dry skin build-up. A kefir mask for your face will help recover and regulate the acid/alkaline balance in the skin cells of the face (due to the lactococcus ferment). Additionally, kefir contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), a form of lactic acid that balances our body's pH levels, thus helping to reduce wrinkles and slow the aging process.

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2. Bifida Ferment

This strain has been shown to help strengthen our natural skin barrier, which again helps your skin retain moisture and keep out pathogens, bad bacteria, and pollution. When your skin is dried out, it's less resilient to the environment, which can make it even more irritated and inflamed.

3. Bacillus Coagulans

Studies have shown that this strain has strong skin barrier properties: The strain can be used topically to help with hydration and elasticity of the skin, which makes it ideal for dehydrated, stressed, or sensitive skin. It's especially beneficial as a nighttime product to help restore moisture that evaporates as we sleep.

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