You may already be taking probiotics for your gut health, but what about for your complexion? Probiotic skin care is trending in the beauty world as a go-to topical treatment for many skin conditions.
The idea behind probiotic skin care is essentially the same as probiotics for the gut. Feed the skin good bacteria and it will “conquer” the bad bacteria. The most common example of bad bacteria on the skin is propionibacterium acnes (or P.acnes). It’s one of the evil puzzle pieces that contribute to acne and consequently causes severe inflammation on the skin ( aka angry red pimples).
The goal of applying “GOOD bacteria” onto the skin is to balance the bacteria ecosystem. This reduces the effects caused by excessive “bad bacteria” like acne and other inflammatory conditions. There are many product lines out there that you can check out like The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner, or Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and Moisturizer.
You can also whip up your own very simple D-I-Y probiotic face mask with yogurt, or better yet, kefir. The lactic acid from the dairy alsos act as an amazing exfoliant because it’s an alpha hydroxy acid.
1 TBS of organic full fat greek yogurt (optionally, this will help thicken the mixture)
1 TBS of organic full fat kefir
1 TBS of raw honey
Mix all ingredients together (this might be a bit runny) and apply onto freshly cleansed skin with hands or a cosmetic brush. Let sit for up to 30 minutes. (This can also be used as a spot treatment). Rinse off with cool water and follow up with your serum, and or moisturizer. (Black cumin seed oil applied as a spot treatment on pimples, or on the entire face after this treatment does wonders).
*apply ongoing twice a week to help heal acne breakouts and calm inflammation.
*not recommended if you have rashes, or overly sensitive skin