It’s true that beauty is more than skin deep. The health of our skin is not only dependent on what we put on it but what we put into as well. Recent evidence shows that probiotics can affect areas of the body beyond the gut’s microbiome including our skin. The relationship can be both positive or negative; meaning that if your gut’s microbiome is not properly “balanced,” or in a state of dysbiosis, this can result in unhealthy skin.
The mechanism by which dysbiosis can result in skin conditions such as acne and eczema is thought to be related to “leaky gut.” Leaky gut occurs when there is increased permeability of the intestinal lining that allows bad bacteria to enter into the blood stream triggering a cascade of inflammation. It is this inflammation that can disrupt organ systems beyond the gut.
Probiotics are felt to contribute to improvement in skin health by reducing leaky gut and in turn reduce levels of inflammation in the body. For example, a study showed that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus reduced the severity of adult acne by reducing levels of pro-inflammatory molecules. Another study demonstrated that a combination treatment of a probiotic mixture + antibiotic resulted in significantly fewer acne lesions than the antibiotic alone with less side effects as well. While the exact mechanism as to why probiotics help certain skin conditions remains unknown, dermatological practices are beginning to understand their benefit, recommending their use as sole treatment or as an adjunct for conditions like acne or eczema.
Finally, it is important to know if the probiotic supplement you are using contains the strains that have been studied. Equally as important for efficacy is the CFU count, are the probiotics alive?, and will they survive stomach’s acidity? Luckily, Sound Probiotics has done the research for you and we can assure these criteria have been met.