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Probiotics are a hot topic these days while much of the conversation revolves around their use in treatment for gut related disorder, scientific studies are also revealing that probiotics have positive potentials for our skins health!

The link between gut bacteria and skin health might not seem very clear at first but when you remember that your skin is covered in trillions of living organisms it becomes more apparent.  The micro-organisms that live in our gut have an important relationship with organisms that live in our skin. We do not know all the specifics about micro-organism communication but we do know that they are tied in with our immune system and that they communicate signals regarding inflammation, a very common factor in skin ailments.  A study conducted by Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City concluded that probiotics can be used in the treatment of acne and rosacea.

Rosacea is an inflammation of the skin which causes unwanted facial redness. Dr. Bowe at Mt. Sinia concluded that “Probiotic extracts in conjunction with medication can reduce the redness seen in rosacea, and also improve and strengthen the skin barrier to reduce its stinging, burning and dryness,” .

Acne affects everyone in varying degrees at some time or another and doctors found success treating it with probiotics. Subjects had good results with probiotics taken internally and also using topical probiotics. Topical probiotics may prevent and decrease acne lesions by forming a protective shield which keeps bacteria from reaching the skin, and thus aggravating the immune system and causing flair up of inflammation.

Probiotics have also been demonstrated to be helpful for those suffering from the condition of eczema, characterized by rashes, dry, red, and itchy skin.

Several products have already been developed which feature probiotics to be used topically and even cosmetic maker Clinique has products featuring probiotics to target unwanted skin redness.

Even if you don’t suffer from the above skin conditions you can still get excited about probiotics because their function in maintaining general skin health is being examined further due to evidence that they may play a role in building collagen, have ability to help hydrate skin, improve fine lines and diminish sun damage.

Probiotics are not a one stop shop for all skin problems but they are a welcome positive addition to the arsenal of treatment for skin problems. We can safely add them into our skincare regime alongside a healthy diet and ample exercise.  It is not necessary to wait until specific topical creams are available; as probiotic supplements can provide skin benefits from within.

Do your research and choose a quality option. Look for the inclusion of a wide variety of bacteria strands with millions or billions per serving and if possible buy from a source which has independent 3rd party quality testing to ensure you get what you pay for.

To increase your bodies positive bacteria and keep your good micro-organisms flourishing make fermented and cultured food something you include in your diet.

If you are left with remaining skin affects you are not happy with, Dr. van der Mescht has a range of non-surgical options to improve the health & appearance of your skin.

Connect with Dr Martina van der Mescht, 011 954 0070.

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