Do Probiotics in Skin Care Actually Work?

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Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

Mar 18, 2024

The idea of adding probiotics to our diet to improve our gut health has been around for a while. After all, who doesn’t love a little kefir. Or kimchi. Or classic Greek yoghurt? But new research suggests that topical application of probiotics in skin care could work just as well for our complexion. But, before you slap your skin with a spoonful of Yoplait, we caught up with Kiri Yanchenko, founder of Amperna Probiotic Skincare who explained everything you need to know.

Let’s begin with skin biome…

According to Kiri, our skin is home to a diverse ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms collectively known as the skin microbiome. Much like our gut, the skin microbiome plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health and overall well-being. When this delicate balance is disrupted, it can lead to various skin issues such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.

“When our skin’s biome is in good balance, you can visibly see results and the benefits can
include restoring a healthy pH balance to the skin, improved ability to stay hydrated and
strengthening the skin’s surface against environmental damage,” says Kiri.

Probiotics v Prebiotics v Postbiotics in skin care

So what’s the differences between pro, pre and post biotics anyway?

“Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that serve as food for beneficial bacteria, promoting their growth and activity,” says Kiri. “Probiotics are the live beneficial bacteria or yeast that provide a positive effect on the skin when applied topically or ingested. Postbiotics are metabolites produced by probiotic bacteria during fermentation processes, such as enzymes, peptides, and organic acids, which can have beneficial effects on the skin.”

“Probiotics help maintain balance in the skin’s microbiome, the community of microorganisms living on the skin’s surface,” explains Kiri.

“In skin care products, they can support the skin’s natural defences, regulate inflammation, and promote a healthy skin barrier. They interact with the skin microbiome by competing with harmful bacteria for resources. Thereby reducing inflammation and supporting overall skin health.”

According to Kiri, probiotics and their derivatives, known as lysates, work beautifully with
other skincare ingredients. Furthermore, as the probiotics break down on the skin’s surface,
they create amazing new ingredients for skin such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins,
as well as increasing the presence of ceramides. This in turn leads to diminished signs of
ageing, better hydration, and a radiance that’s visible proof of skin’s renewed vitality.

“Formulations with diverse strains and appropriate concentrations are beneficial for different skin types and concerns,” Kiri advises.

By incorporating skincare products containing probiotics, prebiotics or postbiotics, you can support the overall health of your skin microbiome and promote a radiant complexion.

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The pros of including probiotics in your skincare

The inclusion of probiotics in skincare formulations offers a multitude of benefits for various skin concerns.

“Probiotics in skincare products can help balance the skin microbiome, strengthen the skin barrier, reduce inflammation, calm sensitive skin and improve conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea,” says Kiri.

“When our skin’s biome is in good balance, you can visibly see results. The benefits can include restoring a healthy pH balance to the skin, improved ability to stay hydrated and strengthening the skin’s surface against environmental damage,” she adds.

“Probiotics can be effective in both preventing future skin issues by maintaining a healthy skin microbiome and addressing existing concerns by reducing inflammation and supporting skin barrier function,” Kiri explains.

“Choose products with scientifically backed probiotic strains, ensure proper storage to maintain efficacy. Start with patch testing, and gradually incorporate them into your skincare routine to monitor any adverse reactions. Consistency is key for optimal results,” advises Kiri. Who recommends the Amperna Supaglow Pro+ Advanced Brightening Serum – a potent solution for addressing uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by factors like acne or sun damage. “It contains powerful ingredients such as Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R) and Alpha Arbutin, derived from natural sources like blueberry, cranberry and bearberry leaves, which effectively inhibit melanin overproduction. This serum uniquely targets the three pathways to pigmentation and is suitable for first-time users and sensitive skin,” says Kiri.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

Marie-Antoinette Issa is a contributor for The Carousel and has worked across news and women's lifestyle magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Madison, Concrete Playground, The Urban List and Daily Mail, I Quit Sugar and Huffington Post.

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