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How Probiotics Can Give You Healthier Skin

Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari

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Your body is full of good and bad bacteria. Amongst the helpful bacteria are probiotics that are beneficial for your digestive system. Probiotics can help rebalance the bacteria population in your gut when it has been disrupted by medicines or illness. They may also help prevent and treat some illnesses and infection and promote a healthy digestive system. This may also give a boost to the immune system. But what you probably didn’t know was that incorporating probiotics foods or supplements may also give you healthier skin. Below we talk about how probiotics help your skin, and discuss some benefits of probiotics for your skin.

The link between Probiotics and Clear skin:

Just like the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, your skin is also an organ of detoxification. You need a healthy microbiome in the gut to digest and eliminate food. When your gut flora isn’t healthy, the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria and this can lead to various problems such as chronic inflammation which result in skin problems. Bad bacteria, yeast, and fungus can trigger inflammation. Even though the hype about probiotics’ effect on skin is new, medical experts have been investigating the link between gut health and skin health since the 1930’s. Your emotional state can impact your gastrointestinal tract and cause the bad bacteria to build up and cause inflammation. So, gut health can be the key to clear skin. When your gut health is compromised, toxicity is reabsorbed into the bloodstream and inhibits the absorption of important nutrients and disrupts the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

There is a very close connection between your skin and gut. When your digestive system is sluggish, the molecules which are supposed to live inside your gut lining seeps out into the bloodstream and cause system-wide inflammation.

If you have skin issues as well as digestive issues, it could be caused by a gut problem. You can visit your doctor to find out if you need an oral probiotic. You should also incorporate probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, cheese, and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi into your diet. The healthy gut bacteria are also nourished by fiber so eat more of fibrous foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Probiotics can also be applied topically to the skin. Probiotic skin care products impact the bacteria that live on your skin, thereby promoting skin health. Probiotics can calm down inflammatory conditions like acne and rosacea. Probiotics may also stop your immune system from attacking other living microorganisms and reduce flare-ups.

Probiotics can also protect you from infections and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier against bad bacteria, free radical damage, and bad bacteria. Probiotics help your body produce antimicrobials and compounds which reduce the skin’s pH and protect your skin from pathogens that could interfere with normal skin functions. Topical probiotics also have anti-aging benefits as they enhance moisture absorption and delay the signs of aging. Below are some more benefits of Probiotics For Your Skin:

Benefits of Probiotics For Your Skin

1. Probiotics can help you deal with a variety of skin conditions

If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, there’s a good chance that your gut flora is altered to some extent. This means that both oral and topical use of probiotics can result in an improved look and healthier skin.

2. Probiotics can reduce visible signs of aging on your skin

It is believed that the topical use of probiotics can help you build collagen to achieve stronger skin structure and add smoothness to your appearance. Also, reduced inflammatory response makes your skin more resistant to negative effects of exposure to sun, which in turn results in fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

3. Probiotics improve the level of hydration of your skin

There is evidence that certain strains of probiotics have a beneficial effect on the skin barrier. The stronger it is, the more water loss is significantly reduced. Consequently, your skin will stay healthy and well hydrated for longer periods of time.

4. Probiotics help prevent breakouts and clarify your skin

A number of studies show that certain types of food increase skin’s oil production, which can result in clogged pores, acne and breakouts. Since acne sufferers often have elevated inflammatory response as well, keeping inflammation at bay with the regular use of probiotics can provide much-needed relief and result in beautiful, clear skin.

5. Probiotics can repair your skin and reduce its sensitivity

Skin disorders come hand in hand with a number of unpleasant symptoms such as burning, itching and painful sensitivity to touch. What’s more, even when those irritated red bumps or patches temporarily heal, it seems almost impossible to get rid of discoloration, marks or even scars in places where active lesions once were. Users have reported diminished scarring and improved smoothness of skin once covered with blemishes after persistent application of topical probiotics.

If you feel your skin issues are a result of an unhealthy gut, consult your doctor right away. You can find and book an appointment with top Gastroenterologist in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari - Author Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari is a Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, Laser Specialist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Cosmetologist, Cosmetic Surgeon and Aesthetic Medicine Specialist. Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari is among the Best Dermatologists in Karachi.

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