The benefits of probiotics go way beyond the gut!
If you’re a health-conscious eater, you’re likely getting regular doses of probiotics from foods like yogurt, kefir, or kimchi. For years probiotics have been touted for their role in improving general gut health. Now, recent research shows that their powerful health-promoting, rejuvenating, and calming benefits can also be applied to the skin, our body’s largest organ.
First, what are probiotics?
-“Probiotics” means “for life.” Probiotics, aka “good bacteria,” are living organisms naturally found in our bodies.
-Our bodies contain 300 to 500 different strains of bacteria that make up 95 percent of the total cells in our body.
-Over 90 percent of all good bacteria in your body live in your small intestine, large intestine, and colon.
-Seventy percent of the body’s immune system is connected to the digestive tract, which means a properly functioning digestive system is essential to maintaining overall health.
What does this have to do with my skin?
Our skin is also colonized by a diverse group of living microorganisms commonly referred to as biofilm. Many of them are bacteria, most of which are harmless or even beneficial to us, playing a vital role in the skin’s barrier function. Just as with the gut, the health of your skin is directly linked with the balance of these good and bad bacteria. Any disruptions in the balance of these organisms can result in skin disorders or infection.
How does it work?
Probiotics applied topically form a protective shield on your skin, which actually helps stop your cells from “seeing” or reacting to bad bacteria and developing inflammation, which can age your skin and aggravate acne or rosacea. This is known as “bacterial interference,” as probiotics protect the skin and interfere with the ability of bad bugs (or bacteria and parasites) to provoke an immune reaction, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In this way, probiotics promote a natural balance of the skin flora, supplying the same anti-inflammatory nutritive elements to your skin that help your gut while stabilizing its immune system.
Topical probiotics have been also shown to:
-Enhance repair activity and strengthen skin barrier function, making skin more stress resistant
-Restore skin’s natural equilibrium and stabilize skin’s immune system
-Calm redness, sensitivity, and inflammation, such as rosacea
-Protect the skin against bad bacteria that can lead to acne
-Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—yes topical probiotics help fight aging!
While the research surrounding topical probiotics are still in the very early stages, the results have been remarkable. If you are looking to try topical probiotics, our TULA skincare line offers you a great way to experience all the great benefits probiotics have to offer. (The word “tula” means balance.) We use a patented Probiotic Technology and ingredients like omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, blueberries, turmeric, and white tea extracts to protect, strengthen, and nourish the skin. We liken our products to a “healthy smoothie” for your skin, feeding your skin in much the same way as a healthy diet nourishes your body.
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Dr. Roshini Raj is a board certified gastroenterologist and internist, media personality, and creator of TULA. Learn more about her line of probiotic skincare products at www.tula.com.
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