Clear skin is something that everyone wants, and almost no one has. That’s because our skin is rarely happy with the way it's being treated. Our skin’s microbiome is more delicate than we think, and scrubbing it with harsh products might just be making the problem worse. But what if there was a way to improve skin naturally with ingredients already found inside your body?
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are good bacteria that exist in large quantities in your gut flora. Often, we think about bacteria as a bad thing, but your body contains billions of bacteria that help it function properly. Probiotics help to ward off things like viruses and other pathogens that threaten the body’s overall health. So can these bacteria help with skin problems? Absolutely.
When we talk about not having clear skin, there are many possibilities as to why this occurs. One of the most common causes, of course, is acne. Acne is commonly located on the face, neck, shoulder, and chest. Breakouts are composed of blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and nodules. If left untreated, acne can result in scarring.
There are a variety of other skin conditions that can occur from an imbalance in bacteria. This includes:
- Cold sores
- Actinic keratosis
Many of these conditions result in red, itchy patches of skin that are uncomfortable or painful to deal with. Probiotics have mainly been found to help calm acne.
People turn to many different methods when it comes to trying to cure acne. Many of these treatments only hurt your skin further and push you further away from a solution. However, probiotics are becoming increasingly common for treating this issue.
Research On Probiotics
Research points to probiotics being a successful acne treatment. They can help to modify a few factors in the pathophysiology of acne development to improve the condition. The formation of acne is dependent on the colonization of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). Topical probiotics have been shown to modify the barrier of the skin microbiome.
Probiotics can decrease the counts of P. acnes in the skin and target the source of acne formation. They also help to restore healthy fats, which can prevent acne formation. While all of this is very promising on the probiotic skincare forefront, it is acknowledged that more research is needed in this area.
Where To Start With Probiotics
If you’re interested in getting clearer skin using probiotics, it can be confusing to know where to begin. There are many probiotics on the market that claim to be beneficial to your skin’s microbiome. However, not all of them are legitimate.
The main methods of using probiotics are ingesting them orally or using them topically in your skincare routine. Here are some of the best options to start with. We recommend our live probiotic spray for this purpose from Mother Dirt.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Solution
Mother Dirt AO+ Restorative Mist is a patented probiotic spray which allows you to refresh your face and body with live and active probiotic cultures. This probiotic was the first of its kind to have live-patented bacteria to help combat harmful bacteria on your face. It’s made with simple ingredients and four microbiome-friendly ingredients to restore balance to your skin in 4 weeks.
The application for this mist is simple. To begin, mist onto your face and body with three or four spritzes. Put a little particular emphasis on your T-zone (nose and cheeks), as this is where acne tends to develop the most.
The AO+ Restorative Mist is part of the The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit. The kit features a Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Treatment Lotion with salicylic acid, and the Mist. The three products work together to treat acne with FDA-approved salicylic acid and then restore your skin microbiome with probiotics, offering a more holistic approach to solving skin issues.
The Skin Microbiome
Now that you know all about probiotics and how they can help your skin’s microbiome, you might be wondering what it is exactly. The skin microbiome is like an ecosystem that is highly complex and sensitive to changes in your body. It’s a collection of all the microbes that live on or in your skin. Certain factors can affect your microbiome, including gender, temperature, pH levels, and more. The skin microbiome plays a huge role in the human immune system.
Here are some of the key roles it has:
Helps To Regulate Immune Response
The skin microbiome plays a crucial role in regulating your immune responses. The Illinois Science Council says that “by regulating and promoting your adaptive and innate immune responses, your skin microbiota prevents and contains the infection.”
Offers Protection From Infection
A healthy skin microbiome protects against infection in the same way that a balanced gut microbiome does. It works to crowd out the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms.
Offers Protection From Environmental Aggressors
The microbiome helps heal wounds, limiting exposure to specific allergens, keeping the skin moist, and more. Some research even suggests that it can help protect us from harmful UV rays also.
The microbiome and skin immune system communicate with each other regularly to dampen discomfort.
Many modern hygiene products, poor diet practices and antibiotics can compromise the skin microbiome, leading to breakouts and other skin conditions. That’s why probiotics and other healthy practices are essential to your skin’s health and the health of your body.
Besides supplementing with probiotics, getting enough sleep, maintaining a proper diet and exercising are all incredibly important for clearer skin.
How Clean Is Too Clean?
There’s a vast difference between choosing clean products and choosing “sterile” products. Society has recently become obsessed with being as clean as possible. We market many products as killing 99.9% of germs and think that we’re doing the right thing. It’s important to differentiate between harmful and good bacteria. Killing all the bacteria in your body isn’t the way to go.
At Mother Dirt, we’re revolutionizing the way you think about skin care. Caring for your skin is no longer about getting it as “clean” as possible. It’s about restoring balance to an area that has been neglected for a long time.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser doesn't just clean your skin, it also uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin microbiome. Formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, it removes impurities and maintains an optimal pH level without stripping your skin of its essential balance, leaving it balanced and refreshed. Our Cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and has been dermatologically and clinically tested.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Serum is specially formulated to nourish your skin and rebalance your skin microbiome. It contains ingredients like squalane and essential fatty acids to nourish and moisturize, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts helps to balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel smooth and nourished, revealing a glowing, healthier-looking complexion. Our Serum is non-comedogenic, has been dermatologically approved, and helps soothe dry skin without feeling greasy.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Body Wash Developed to cleanse without stripping, our body wash contains ingredients like rose water and coconut extract to revitalize your skin, while providing a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to promote a healthy and balanced microbiome. Along with lemongrass oil for an added natural and refreshing scent, your skin will be left feeling nourished and invigorated.
Mother Dirt Ingredient Transparency
- Mineral Oil
- Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients
- Coal tar dyes
We believe in only including the best possible ingredients for your skin. That’s why all of the ingredients that we use are listed on our website in our glossary. We also give you explanations as to why we use the plant-derived ingredients that we do.
Mother Dirt never tests on animals and is 100% cruelty-free. We formulate our products to be safe for your skin and our bacteria. We don’t commit to a certain number of ingredients in our products, but we promise that if it’s in our formula, it’s in there for a reason.
Our restorative skin probiotics are a newly pioneered approach to skincare and have received promising results from our customers who swear by Mother Dirt. Try our Peacekeeper Kit today to change the way you think about your skincare routine.