This question is Google’s most popular question surrounding the subject of topical probiotics. Probiotics for the skin is a new idea that challenges what we’ve been taught. Most of us grew up believing all bacteria are bad. This is not entirely true. Just like the gut microbiome is full of bacteria, so is your skin’s microbiome. Your skin microbiome is vital to your overall health. It helps defend you against pathogens and manages your ideal skin pH while also working to deliver the vitamins, minerals, and peptides you need to look and feel your best.
Just like diet and stress impact the gut microbiome, the skin microbiome is bombarded with similar stressors. Therefore, it is equally important to support your skin microbiome as you support your gut microbiome. We all understand taking oral probiotics supports the good bacteria in the gut to stay healthy and improve digestion, so utilizing topical probiotics helps your skin mend and thrive naturally is an initiative solution.
In fact, probiotic skincare has been shown to help numerous skin conditions such as:
Acne (teens to menopausal women)
Compromised skin (results from illness and/or harsh products)
Unfortunately, what has caused even more confusion in the skin probiotic category is that numerous brands incorporate only prebiotics or probiotic extracts (lysates) in their formulas and call it “probiotic skincare.”
Technically to be classified as a “probiotic,” product it should contain LIVE bacteria. Why? Well, the answer is easy, probiotics are what can immediately change the skin microbiome for the better.
How Does Probiotics Work?
Many brands use only prebiotics like oats, mint, and seaweed. They are important because prebiotics are the source of energy/food needed for LIVE probiotics and your skin microbiome. However, if you aren’t applying additional LIVE beneficial bacteria when you use these products you are potentially feeding all the current bacteria on your skin including the harmful bacteria.
Some companies only use a probiotic extract, which is scientifically known as lysates. This is a fluid obtained by the process of breaking LIVE probiotic bacterium apart. Probiotic extracts do not contain LIVE probiotics.
This is why it’s important to use a skincare system that includes LIVE probiotics. Topical LIVE probiotics provide an instant boost of beneficial bacteria to the skin microbiome and help actively neutralize harmful bacteria. They are the only type of skin probiotics that deliver the postbiotics we talked about earlier that your skin needs to mend and thrive.
These postbiotics include AHA, PHA, BHA, vitamins like retinol, antimicrobial peptides, amino acids, micronutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory substances, ceramides, and more. The beauty of using LIVE probiotics instead of lysate-based products (probiotic extracts) is that LIVE probiotics work with your unique skin microbiome to create exactly what it needs rather than taking an educated guess, applying products, and hoping the desired results are achieved.
The Bottom Line
Yes, probiotic skincare works if it contains LIVE probiotics. Everyone’s skin is covered in bacteria, and it is the balance of these bacteria that helps create healthy skin. Most common skin conditions are the result of an imbalanced skin microbiome. Lavish Studios, uses LaFlore® Topical LIVE probiotics because they are an effective way to instantly replenish beneficial bacteria, balance the skin microbiome and provide your skin with everything it craves. Ultimately, probiotics are a delivery system of goodness the skin needs to mend and thrive – naturally.