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The Benefits of topical probiotics to skin

iStock_000047494344_Large-ProbioticsBased on recent positive studies, dermatologists are recommending topical probiotics as a component of an effective skin care strategy to combat four skin conditions:  acne, rosacea, eczema and aging skin.

According to an American Academy of Dermatology (published 01-30-14), “skin prone to acne or rosacea has shown improvement with daily probiotic use, giving dermatologists reason to consider supplementing traditional acne therapy with a dose of this beneficial bacteria.”

According to the article, there are different ways that topical probiotics can benefit the skin:

Protective Shield

  • In patients with acne and rosacea, living microorganisms on the skin are recognized as foreign by the body’s immune system. The immune system springs into action to counter this potential threat resulting in the inflammation, redness, or bumps common in these skin conditions.
  • Probiotics applied topically sit on the skin’s surface and prevent the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause this immune system response. 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.

Antimicrobial Properties

  • Sometimes the substances produced by probiotics have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can create holes in bad bacteria and kill them. Similar to the way antibiotics work in the treatment of acne and rosacea, probiotics can help fight harmful bugs from triggering inflammation.
  • Researchers now are testing probiotics to determine which ones make the substances that can kill bad bacteria. The researchers predict that the strains could be identified in the very near future and will then be marketed in products for their antimicrobial properties.

Calming Effect

  • When certain types of probiotics are placed in contact with skin cells, they calm the parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of bad bacteria that they see as a threat. These healthy signals produced by the probiotics stop the skin cells from sending “attack” messages to the immune system that result in flares of acne or rosacea.

Another effect of topical probiotics is that they may help the skin build collagen, the main protein in skin that affects its texture and tone. Increased numbers of good bacteria may also help to hydrate aging skin, reduce sun damage and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ShapeMagazineArticle-BIProbioticsAccording to Shape Magazine (09-2016) “… probiotics shield cells from bad bacteria, calm inflammation, and have an antimicrobial effect … stick with well-studied strains like lactobacillus.”  And also touted the Skin Authority Beauty Infusion™ Probiotics for Clarifying as a “MUST TRY” on their clear-skin checklist.

Skin Authority Beauty Infusion™ Probiotics for Clarifying contains Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment, Lemon Ferment, Leuconostoc Ferment, Pediococcus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment, in addition to the calming ingredient of shea butter. The infusion can be applied to the skin directly, or mixed with other skin care products or face makeup.

For more details, or to experience a free skin coaching session, contact your skin coach at 866-325-7546 ext. 4, email at or live chat at At only $49 for a 1 oz bottle, you may purchase at or at one of our spa/retail locations.





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