Do Probiotics Help with Acne?

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Acne can be one of the most frustrating things in the world. It can appear out of nowhere and happens at the worst possible moment, or so it seems. There are tons of products out there claiming to be a miracle cure for acne, but most of them just don’t work. That’s because the problem doesn’t just lie in the pimple itself, but the bacteria that causes it. 

What Is Acne?

When your skin follicles become clogged, it is referred to as acne. Many of us are all too familiar with the woes of acne from our traumatic teenage years. There are a couple of different types of skin blemishes that fall into the acne category. These are blackheads, cystic acne, nodules, papules, and whiteheads. People can develop different types of acne on their bodies depending on the cause of the bacteria. 

What Can Cause Acne

One of the most common reasons for acne is changes in hormones. Although this mainly happens when you’re going through puberty, it can also happen throughout your life. Sometimes life events like pregnancy or aging can trigger acne for some people. 

Certain medications can also cause acne, as well as stress, and genetic factors. Even sunburn or other skin abrasions can trigger breakouts. Your diet plays a huge role in acne production. The amount of water that you drink can impact how severe your acne is too. For a lot of people, a contributor to acne can be an imbalance in the bacteria in your body. 

What Are Probiotics

Probiotics are groups of microorganisms that are beneficial to your body. They are commonly known as friendly or good bacteria because of their protective qualities. There are many different types of probiotics, and research has shown that some types can be beneficial to skin conditions like acne. 

When you take medications like antibiotics, it can deplete the natural bacteria in your gut. When your body is low on bacteria, it has a hard time using the nutrients in your food and fighting off viruses. That’s why taking probiotics orally or topically can benefit your body in big ways. 

How Do Probiotics Work?

Probiotics are used mainly to replenish your body’s own healthy gut flora. They can also do things like repairing your digestive tract, improve your body’s immune system function and fight off bad bacteria. The Journal Of the American Academy of Dermatology has said that probiotics have a promising impact on acne. 

Scientists have also found a bacteria that our skin craves: Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria. This type of bacteria provides balance for the skin microbiome. This microbiome has been thrown out of whack by harsh products that kill all bacteria off. They help to build back your skin’s natural defenses so that you can have clearer and healthier skin. 

Probiotics Influence On Acne

When you take probiotics to help with acne, researchers have cited three potential benefits. 

Some benefits of probiotics are:

  • Forming a protective barrier on your skin to keep out harmful bacteria.
  • Ability to fight back against these microbes and prevent irritation leading to acne.
  • Calming the skin and reducing the likeliness of breakouts. 

Gaining resistance to antibiotics is a good reason to move towards probiotics in efforts to reduce the appearance of blemishes you may have. Probiotics are also non-toxic and beneficial to your body unlike many modern medical cures. 

How To Choose Probiotics For Acne

Lactobacillus Acidophilus is one of the better-known probiotics. This strain has been found to be beneficial for reducing the appearance of blemishes. Some other strains are Lactobacillus Bifidobacterium. 

If you are interested in adding probiotics into your routine to reduce the appearance of blemishes, you can start with oral or topical probiotics. They can help your skin protect itself at the surface level. You can use topical probiotics combined with probiotic-rich foods for the best results. 

Taking probiotics can help reduce follicle-clogging due to irritation to your skin. Less irritation means fewer breakouts for your skin. This is an all-natural way to treat acne that doesn’t require a prescription or harsh chemicals for your skin. 

Mother Dirt has probiotic skincare products that work specifically for reducing the appearance of blemishes. After performing in-depth tests, we found that people using our products see results in 4 weeks and saw a 35% improvement in skin clarity

Other Helpful Practices For Acne

Besides adding probiotics to your skincare routine, there are several other things you can do to help improve the appearance of blemishes and your overall health. 

  • Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep is important for your body and letting it repair itself and rest during this time is essential for your skin’s health. 
  • Drink water so that your body stays hydrated inside and out. What you put in your body is reflected on the outside too. 
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain vital vitamins and nutrients. Try to incorporate protein into your meals for long-lasting energy. 
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day to increase blood flow and help your body regulate itself. Even going on a walk during the day can help decrease your risk for conditions like diabetes. 

Mother Dirt Probiotic Skin Care

Mother Dirt’s Daily Acne Treatment Lotion is formulated with good-for-skin ingredients like chickweed extract for moisturizing and brightening. It also contains rose water to help refresh your skin and salicylic acid to help reduce the appearance of blemishes. Rather than attacking problem skin, this lotion contains a powerful blend of probiotics to nourish and repair the skin microbiome and improve its clarity. 

Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit known as The Difference, is the smarter way to reduce the appearance of blemishes. It comes with our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Lotion and AO+ Restorative Mist. All of these products are formulated with plant-based ingredients and powerful probiotics to restore and maintain your skin’s ecosystem. It works to clear and smooth problem skin by balancing the pH in the acid mantle. 

To use this kit as a part of your routine, cleanse with the Probiotic Foaming Cleanser in the morning and night. Then, cover the affected areas on your face with a thin layer of the Daily Acne Treatment Lotion, one to three times a day. Use the Mist twice a day or whenever you need a refresh. 

Switching Up Your Skincare

For so long, we thought that the key to healthy and clear skin was getting rid of all the dirt and grime. But all traditional hygiene habits have done for our skin is strip it and peeled away the good bacteria that are essential to our health. 

Mother Dirt figured out a way to put the good bacteria back in your skin so that it can be its most balanced self. Our proprietary ingredient, live Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), interacts with the elements found in your sweat to produce two byproducts, Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. 

We’ve also made it our mission to celebrate the magic of Mother Earth every day of the year. Since 2015, we’ve been making products that restore and maintain your skin’s microbiome. It’s frustrating that so many of the products that we’ve used in our life have wreaked havoc on our skin, when it was supposed to help. Well, we’re working to give you back everything that you’ve worked for all these years - clear skin. 

We’ve harnessed the power of probiotics in our Active Probiotic System to maintain the skin microbiome and treat problem skin. We use naturally-derived ingredients and science to make microbiome-friendly skin care. We create our products with intention and value transparency. That’s why our product labels and ingredient glossary is informative and honest. 

Our goal is to provide you with trust and comfort knowing that the products we make are safe and free of parabens and harsh surfactants. All of our products are formulated to work with you and not against you. 

Clean Beauty

We comply with clean beauty standards. All of our formulas are free-from:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates
  • Mineral Oil
  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients
  • Oxybenzone
  • Coal tar dyes
  • Hydroquinone
  • Triclosan

We also choose ingredients that aren’t tested on animals. We’re 100% cruelty-free and safe for you to use. 

The Bottom Line

If you’re tired of dealing with acne in all the wrong ways, try probiotic skincare. It’s the best way to target the root of the problem and get rid of bumps once and for all. Try our Difference Kit today and you’ll start to see results in as little as just four weeks.



Acne - Symptoms and Causes | Mayo Clinic

The Effect of Probiotics on Immune Regulation & Acne | NCBI 

Lactobacillus Acidophilus | University of Rochester Medical Center

Probiotics for Healthy Skin | Dermatology Times 

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