The healthcare world loves to go in circles based on marketing materials, buzzwords and whatever’s trending at any given point in time. Given that fact, it can be challenging for you as a consumer to determine what’s scientifically good for you. Picking the best products for taking care of yourself is incredibly important, and it shouldn’t be the most daunting part of going to the store every week. Products loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce, crazy labels and complicated marketing claims all compete for your attention, so where do you look?
One of the words that have been tossed around quite a bit recently is the word “probiotics.” In this article, let’s discuss the scientific background of probiotics, what they are, how they affect your health, and what they have to do with skincare in the first place.
What Is a Probiotic?
When people hear the word probiotic, one of two things usually comes to mind. The first, and probably most common, is the association of the words probiotic and antibiotic with the concept of disease. This isn’t far off the mark, as probiotic cultures are laden with bacteria.
However, this leads directly into the fact that the second most common thing that comes to peoples’ minds is that foods like yogurt are incredibly good for you, and they’re very high in probiotics. So what gives? Where’s the disconnect?
In short, there are good bacteria and harmful bacteria. Scientific evidence suggests that some health conditions can be prevented by some foods with certain kinds of live bacteria. Potential benefits include better gut microbiome, overall digestive health, benefits to skin health, and more. Probiotics can even be applied topically to help certain gastrointestinal health conditions and help with overall immune function.
Types of Probiotics
Probiotics can be found in various probiotic supplements, probiotic skincare, dietary supplements, and probiotic foods. Some examples of probiotic foods include fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, tempeh, and kombucha. Not all probiotic supplements require U.S Food and Drug Administration approval; it depends on their intended use before products are put on the market.
Everyone has varying types of bacteria in their bodies, so that some probiotic strains may affect each person differently. Your gastroenterology healthcare provider can recommend the best probiotic bacteria, depending on your needs.
Here are a few types of probiotics strains that can be found in probiotic supplements:
Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast or fungi that helps fight against harmful bacteria in your gut flora (gut microbiota)and helps to prevent harmful gut bacteria from reproducing. This is one of the types of bacteria that can relieve constipation.
Bifidobacterium is a probiotic bacteria that reside in your gut and is considered the most common probiotic bacteria. This is one of the types of bacteria that can help with infectious diarrhea and bloating.
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a probiotic bacteria that is one of the most effective probiotic strains. This is one type of bacteria that can help with urinary tract infections and cause weight loss.
Potential Side Effects of Ingesting Probiotics
Some temporary side effects rarely occur when introducing probiotic use that can have on your overall health. If they do occur, they are typically mild and only last a short period of time.
Here are some examples of possible side effects of taking probiotic supplements:
- Increase of diarrhea
- Increase in bloating
- Increased thirst
What Is the Scientific Significance of a Probiotic?
Probiotics are aimed to prime our immune system so that our cells are prepared to defend against viral invaders. They produce antibiotic-like substances that kill off harmful bacteria. The reason people buy probiotics with one billion viable organisms is because most probiotics have to survive the journey to your gut.
When you ingest a probiotic for your gut health, it has to go through your digestive tract, filled with acid and bile. They have to endure that process before the probiotics themselves can positively impact your body.
Choosing specific strains of probiotics can be helpful depending on your needs. Species in the Lactobacillus reuteri can inhibit the growth of germs. The probiotics found in food products usually need to be refrigerated to keep them viable. The probiotics’ effectiveness in foods like yogurt also depends on the oxygen content and the other bacteria in the container.
Benefits of Probiotics For Your Overall Health
Probiotics help keep your body working well. They fight off bad bacteria and allow you to feel better. Probiotics play a huge role in the human microbiome. This is a diverse group of microorganisms that work together in your body. They consist of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa.
For a microbe to be considered a probiotic, it needs to fit into the following categories:
- Survive in your intestine
- Have a proven benefit to you
- Be safely consumed
- Be isolated from a human
Most microbes (probiotics) live in your gut, but they can also reside in plenty of other places, including your mouth, urinary tract, skin, and lungs. Probiotics are located in all of these places to keep your body neutral. They help reduce discomfort, produce vitamins, help your body digest food, and break down medications.
Probiotics and Skin Care?
Besides finding beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, you can also find them on the surface of your skin. Millions of bacteria exist there to protect your skin from harm and keep it balanced. When you notice that your skin has an issue like dryness or acne, it could result from a bacterial imbalance.
This is where probiotic skincare comes into play. Supplementing your skin with topical probiotics can be highly beneficial for your face. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body. The skin microbiome plays a huge role in the immune system by fighting off infections.
Finding probiotic skincare products can be difficult in a world full of marketing. Many brands might claim to use probiotics in their cleansers and moisturizers but also use additives such as sulfates and parabens in their formulas. Mother Dirt takes the natural approach when it comes to biotic-infused skincare. We only use naturally-derived ingredients and a science-first approach to maintaining your microbiome.
Let’s take a closer look at how Mother Dirt’s restorative skin probiotics can help you.
Mother Dirt’s Transformative Skin Care Strategy
AO+ Restorative Mist
The patented ingredient in Mother Dirt’s AO+ Restorative Mist, live Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (also known as AOB), interacts with elements naturally found in your sweat to produce two byproducts known as Nitrite and Nitric Oxide, which are essential to a balanced skin microbiome. By restoring this essential component to your skin, the Mist helps maintain healthy skin while improving skin clarity, tone and smoothness and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
The Peacekeeper: Our Active Probiotics System Starter Kit
This kit is an excellent option for all skin types (including dry, oil, normal, or combination skin) and includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum, and AO+ Restorative Mist. When used together, these three products work together to maintain your skin’s natural ecosystem.
The Difference: Our Active Probiotics System Acne Treatment Kit
The Difference offers a new and revolutionary way of treating acne. It has been formulated to work together as an Active Probiotic System to help restore the skin microbiome for improved clarity and smoother, healthier-looking skin.
This kit is ideal for acne-prone skin and uses powerful probiotics and FDA-approved salicylic acid to clarify clear and smooth problem skin.
Probiotic Foaming Cleanser
Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser doesn't just clean skin. It uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin’s microbiome. Formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, it removes impurities. It also maintains an optimal pH level without stripping, leaving your skin balanced and refreshed. Our Cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and has been dermatologically and clinically tested.
Probiotic Moisturizing Serum
Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Serum is specially formulated to nourish your skin and rebalance your skin’s microbiome. It contains ingredients such as squalane and essential fatty acids to nourish and moisturize, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts help balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel smooth and nourished, revealing a glowing, healthier-looking complexion. Our Serum is also non-comedogenic, has been dermatologically approved and helps soothe dry skin without feeling greasy.
Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash
Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash deeply cleanses hair while restoring balance to your scalp microbiome. It is specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to clean dirt, debris and impurities from hair without stripping - leaving hair feeling strong, full, and soft.
Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner
We recommend following the Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash with Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner. This Conditioner has been specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to moisturize hair without weighing it down.
Our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner are oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and safe for color-treated hair.
Probiotic Body Wash
Mother Dirt Probiotic Body Wash gently cleanses dirt and oil from the skin without stripping or damaging the skin barrier. It contains ingredients like rose water, almond and coconut extracts to refresh and nourish, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts help maintain a balanced microbiome. Our Body Wash has been dermatologically tested and is formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.
Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil
For best results, we recommend following the Probiotic Body Wash with Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil. This lightweight Body Oil soothes dry skin without feeling greasy or heavy. It contains ingredients like squalane, almond oil and apricot kernel oil to nourish and replenish dry skin, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts help maintain your microbiome.
The Bottom Line
We know that probiotics are a word that gets thrown around easily in the beauty industry these days. Mother Dirt wants you to know that we take the science behind our products seriously and work hard to get you the results you deserve. Probiotics are good for so many things like gut health; why not include them in your skin and hair routines too?