Why Your Skin Needs Probiotics

Jenna Jolls

While bacteria is typically viewed as a bad thing, it is important to remember that there are actually two types of bacteria that live in and on your body at all times: good bacteria and bad bacteria. Here, we'll be exploring what probiotics are, how they work and why your skin needs probiotics to thrive.

What Are Probiotics?

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Let's start by defining what a probiotic is. According to Healthline, probiotics are living microorganisms or "friendly bacteria" that provide a health benefit and deliver anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.

You can get probiotics from consuming supplements or certain foods (like those prepared by bacteria fermentation such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods). What we will be focusing on here, though, is probiotics that can be applied to the skin topically.

How Do Probiotics Work?

Probiotics are live bacteria, healthy bacteria that provide many health benefits when consumed. Topical probiotics can have excellent skin health benefits when incorporated into your skin care routine.

Probiotics for your skin work similarly to those intended for gut health by restoring essential bacteria and rebalancing the skin microbiome. Growing research suggests that applying probiotic skincare "helps get healthy microbes back into balance."

Basically, probiotic skincare aims to put good bacteria back on the skin's surface to help balance and brighten the complexion. It also helps keep pH levels balanced and nurtures the skin microbiome.

"The skin microbiome is still an emerging area of research compared to the gut," says Lauren Trahan, Director of Product & Innovation." But probiotics impact your microflora in two key ways: by occupying space on your skin and excreting metabolites.

By taking up space, probiotics prevent pathogenic bacteria from taking over the skin. Additionally, many bacteria excrete enzymes which can protect the skin or anti-bacterial agents which further reduce pathogenic overgrowth."

Nonetheless, probiotics deserve a spot on your skincare routine.

What Causes Imbalance In The Skin Microbiome?

Various factors can cause an imbalance in the skin microbiome, some of which include chronic inflammation, stress, changes in the skin's pH levels, and your diet.

Modern hygiene practices are also one of the leading contributing factors. Rather than nourish skin, traditional skincare has worked against it and disrupted its natural biological state by stripping away the good bacteria.

Your beneficial bacteria love a natural pH level of 5, but many soaps contain harsh ingredients with a pH of 10. These high levels of alkalinity can cause both damage the skin barrier and throw off the necessary environment that beneficial bacteria need to thrive.

What Happens When Imbalance Occurs?

When your skin's microbiome (or natural ecosystem) becomes imbalanced, it can result in infections or skin conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea.

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, N.D., says an imbalanced microbiome can also be associated with health conditions like psoriasis, contact dermatitis, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections rosacea, and accelerated skin aging.

That's where probiotic skincare comes in.

Why Your Skin Needs Probiotics

So why does your skin need probiotics? According to Mary-Margaret Kober, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Naples, Florida, probiotics "may help prevent and treat skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dry skin, and UV-induced skin damage."

Probiotics in skincare also optimize the healing benefits of our skin's good bugs, act as a protective shield against harmful bacteria, dial down inflammation, and can help prevent premature aging in the skin.

Mother Dirt's Active Probiotic System

From mist and cleanser to serum, body wash and more, a host of prebiotic, postbiotic and probiotic-infused skincare products are available from Mother Dirt to help support the skin microbiome. Probiotic skin care products are quickly becoming all the hype in the beauty world and it's evident as to why.

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 powerful byproducts - Nitrite and Nitric Oxide - that are essential to a balanced skin microbiome. 

By restoring this essential component to your skin, the Mist helps protect and maintain healthy skin and improve skin clarity, tone, and smoothness.

The PeaceKeeper: Our Active 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 an excellent option for all skin types (including dry, oil, normal, or combination skin) and includes our Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser, Postbiotic Serum and patented AO+ Restorative Mist.

These three products work together, using prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to help restore and 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 restore the skin microbiome for improved clarity and smoother, healthier-looking skin.

This kit is ideal for those with acne-prone skin. It uses powerful prebiotics, postbiotics and probiotics in addition to FDA-approved salicylic acid to clarify, clear and smooth problem skin.

A complete skin care system that helps treat acne in three easy steps includes our Cleanser, Prebiotic Acne Lotion, and patented AO+ Restorative Mist. 

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