It’s no secret that eating yogurt with probiotics in it is beneficial to your gut health. This has been somewhat common knowledge for years now. However, the same philosophy can be applied to the world of skincare routines. More recently, skincare companies have started to welcome the idea of probiotics being used to support your skin’s ecosystem. So, let’s discuss how probiotics come into play with your skin and how you can use them properly.
The Facts On Probiotics
The bacteria in your body outnumber your body’s cells by 10-to-1. You have about 39-300 trillion bacteria living inside you at once. Much of this bacteria lives in your gut and is relatively harmless to you. However, some of them can cause diseases and other problems. When you have suitable types of bacteria in your body, it can help with digestion, immune function and healthier looking skin.
Probiotics are a specific type of good bacteria that provides your body with health benefits. Frequently, they are taken as a supplement to help your gut function. Probiotics are most commonly bacteria strains, but they can also be certain types of yeasts. Different probiotics have been associated with specific health benefits, so choosing the right type is crucial.
The Science Behind Your Skin
Your skin is a highly complicated organ. It’s designed to handle so much, including things like protecting your inner body and keeping out harmful pathogens. It’s your first line of defense against toxins and other dangerous substances is your skin’s microbiome.
Your skin microbiome is a lot like the ecosystem of bacteria in your gut. All of the different types of microorganisms work together to maintain the best possible balance for your skin. Many things can cause the skin microbiome to become unbalanced. While some of these factors are out of your control, like pollution from the environment, there are some factors that you can control, like the type of products you put on your skin.
What Causes Bacteria Imbalances?
Sometimes imbalances on your skin can cause certain conditions, and modern-day hygiene is to blame. Many people have become obsessed with being “clean” by eliminating all of the bacteria that reside in or on your body. However, this approach to being germ-free isn’t the way to go.
Your skin’s bacteria thrive with a natural pH level of 5. But a lot of soaps contain ingredients with a pH of 10. These high alkaline products can damage the skin barrier and throw off the balance of the skin microbiome. This leads to inflammatory responses that leave your skin extremely vulnerable to toxins. So, what can be done to restore balance to the skin that so many practices have ruined? The answer is probiotics.
Probiotics For Your Skin
By giving your skin back the bacteria that it needs to thrive, you receive a more vibrant, clear complexion. Using topical probiotics like the ones from Mother Dirt has been found to benefit the skin in many ways. It helps your skin act as a protective shield, combat harmful bacteria that make it through the barrier and repair skin function to deal with environmental stressors.
Besides probiotics, there are other types of essential bacteria and bacteria byproducts that can help your skin. Let’s talk about prebiotics and postbiotics.
All About Prebiotics And Postbiotics?
Prebiotics can be thought of as fertilizer for good bacteria. They’re usually known as complex carbohydrates in foods, but they’re anything used to change the microbial environment positively. Prebiotics have been known to balance skin pH and support the skin barrier. Prebiotics feed the probiotics so that they can thrive and multiply.
Postbiotics are fermentation byproducts. Examples of these are antimicrobial peptides or short-chain fatty acids. These help to feed good microbes and enhance water absorption.
Prebiotics and postbiotics can both be used topically for your skin. Many skincare brands have discovered this truth and have started to incorporate probiotics into their products. Before you buy probiotic skincare, make sure you read all of the ingredients on the label.
Types Of Probiotic Extracts
As we have mentioned, probiotic extracts have various benefits for the skin, but many different types can be used.
Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Bifidobacterium can help boost ceramides and reduce skin sensitivity.
- Lactobacillus improves the skin’s barrier to reduce acne and redness.
- Vitreoscilla reduces water loss and improves certain skin conditions.
- Bacillus coagulans increase free radicals to fight signs of aging.
- Staphylococcus hominis and Staphylococcus epidermidis can suppress the growth of a type of bacterium that worsens symptoms of eczema and dry skin.
Mother Dirt skin care uses Bacillus ferment, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces in our products. These various extracts act as all-natural polar emollients and skin conditioners. They also help to soothe and moisturize the skin, while helping maintain a healthy microbiome.
Probiotic Products For Skin
After performing in-depth tests at Mother Dirt, we have found that our products produce results in as little as four weeks. For example, our AO+ Restorative Mist has shown a 35 percent improvement in skin clarity, a 25 percent improvement in the look and feel of dry and uneven skin, and a restoration of balance to problem skin.
Mother Dirt offers various probiotic skincare products that can be used to help all skin types and restore balance. To get started, here are a few of the products included in our Active Probiotic System:
AO+ Restorative Mist
The patented ingredient in our AO+ Restorative Mist is live Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB). These particular bacteria interact with elements naturally found in your sweat to produce Nitrite and Nitric Oxide, both of which are crucial for a balanced skin microbiome. The Mist works to protect and maintain healthy skin and improve skin clarity, tone and smoothness. You can use it throughout the day for a refresher or post-workout.
Probiotic Foaming Cleanser
Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin microbiome. It’s formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, which help remove impurities and maintain an optimal pH level. This leaves your skin feeling balanced and refreshed. The cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free and has been clinically tested for safe usage.
Probiotic Moisturizing Serum
Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Serum is specially formulated to nourish your skin and rebalance your microbiome. It contains ingredients like squalane and essential fatty acids to nourish and moisturize, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts helps balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel smooth and nourished, revealing a glowing, healthier-looking complexion. The serum is also non-comedogenic and has been dermatologically approved.
Probiotic Skin Acne Treatment
The Difference offers a new and revolutionary way of treating acne. It has been formulated to work together as an Active Probiotic System to restore the skin microbiome for improved clarity and smoother, healthier-looking skin. This kit is ideal for those with acne-prone skin and uses powerful probiotics and FDA-approved salicylic acid to clarify, clear and smooth problem skin. A complete skin care system that helps treat acne in three easy steps, it includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Treatment Lotion and patented AO+ Restorative Mist.
Probiotics System Starter Kit
The PeaceKeeper features the foundations of our Active Probiotic System to repair the damage caused by traditional skincare and restore the skin microbiome, for your most biologically balanced and radiant skin. This kit is a great option for all skin types (including dry, oil, normal, or combination skin) and includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum and patented AO+ Restorative Mist. Together, these three products work together to help restore and maintain your skin’s natural ecosystem.
Avoid Probiotic Skin Care With Harsh Ingredients
Even if you find skincare products that use probiotics, it doesn’t always mean they’re safe to use. Some products contain harmful ingredients like sulfates or parabens to help preserve their formulas longer. At Mother Dirt, we put science and results first, meaning that our products have transparent ingredient lists.
We don’t formulate any of our products with sulfates or parabens. Our skincare is also 100% cruelty-free because we don’t believe animals should suffer in the name of beauty. Plus, all of the safety data we use is from non-animal-based studies. If you’re wondering about the long, complicated names in our ingredient list, we have a good reason for that.
The FDA requires that we use the Latin names of our plant-derived ingredients. So instead of saying coconut, it’s listed as Capric Triglyceride. Don’t worry; it’s not some scary chemical that we’re trying to hide from you.
The Wrap Up
Probiotics may not seem like they would have a lot to do with your skin, but they do. If you’ve never thought about probiotics' impact on your body, now you know. You can get started with one of our Active Probiotic System kits, which feature the main products you’ll need for a completely revolutionized routine for your skin. The Peacekeeper is our system starter kit, and The Difference is our acne treatment kit.