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Should You Be Using Probiotic Skin-Care Products?

The Probiotic Skin-Care Trend

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You probably know all about probiotics for your gut. They help aid digestion and they’re easier than ever to get through foods like kimchi and yogurt, and through supplements and fortified foods. You probably haven’t considered applying probiotics topically, but walk the aisles at any beauty store and you’ll see quite a few options that use “probiotic technology.”

It turns out, probiotic skin care is pretty promising. “On top of the skin’s physical barrier is a layer of diverse microorganisms called the microbiome that helps keep the complexion clear and radiant,” says Rhonda Klein, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Connecticut. “These natural bacteria-over 10,000 different species-help promote healthy skin function. Skin-care products that contain these bacteria are thought to reset the microbiome that has been altered by our obsession with cleanliness.” (Constant washing, exfoliating, etc.) “There are many strains, both live and dead, and the strains really do matter,” Dr. Klein explains. Just as you want the right probiotics in your gut, you also want the right ones on your face. (More on that here: Everything You Need to Know About Your Skin Microbiome)

Biossance Squalene + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

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Ideally, you want to find products that have been clinically tested, like this plant-based moisturizer from Biossance that helps protect the skin’s barrier-although it’s important to note that just as with oral probiotic supplements, there’s very little regulation here. ($52;


Foreo Day Cleanser

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Probiotic skin care may help with certain skin issues. “Probiotics have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects on the skin,” says Park Avenue plastic surgeon Melissa Doft, M.D. “So they can help soothe sensitive skin and kill bacteria that leads to acne flares.” Washing your face daily with a probiotic cleanser, like this one from Foreo, could help reduce redness and breakouts. And though derms aren’t 100 percent sure probiotic products live up to their miracle-status hype (and taking oral probiotics may be a more science-backed approach for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions) using probiotic skin-care products won’t hurt, Dr. Klein says. ($30;


Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 With Probiotic Technology

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This oil-free foundation does double duty by incorporating probiotics to treat redness while also covering it. “Some data suggests that skin probiotics can treat diseases like eczema or acne and can help heal wounds faster,” says Hal M. Weitzbuch, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Calabasas, CA. But because they’re a newer treatment, there aren’t mainstream guidelines for using them for these skin issues. Still, Dr. Weitzbuch says they’re worth a try: “If someone wants an alternative treatment for their skin condition, probiotics might be the answer they’ve been looking for. ($28;


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Posted on: December 19, 2017