Probiotics and Your Skin? Do Probiotics Really Help Your Skin?

In a word yes they do!

The Benefits of Probiotics:

Researchers studied one probiotic in particular, Lactobacillus plantarum, a gram-positive bacteria and found that it produces antimicrobial peptides (also called host defense peptides) are an evolutionarily conserved component of the innate immune response and are found among all classes of life. When used at a concentration of 5% these peptides have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and were shown to reduce skin erythema (redness), repair the skin barrier (help lock in moisture), and reduce bad skin bacteria (that lead to acne.) At a concentration of 1% the probiotic was ineffective so low levels won’t work.  If you use antibiotics for a prolonged period of time the antibiotics can imbalance our bodies.  Over the long-term they can contribute to disruptions in our skin, including acne, rashes, psoriasis due to the antibiotic killing off the good bacteria along with the bad.  Don’t get me wrong if you need to take antibiotics, take them!!!  Listen to your Doctor!  After you are done with your course of antibiotics, however, you may want to consider taking a probiotic supplement.

The However!

So the good news is that probiotics can really work if you use enough of the right kind, in refernce to your skin. The bad news is that yogurt won’t have the same effect because it contains  Lactobacillus casei a different kind of probiotic.  If you want to get the right kind (Lactobacillus plantarum) from natural food products you’d have to rub sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives,  or sourdough on your face or eat it in large amounts. Which of course I don’t recommend!

Supplement Alternative:

There are many probiotic supplements you can try, just make sure you read the label!  Look for a supplement that contains Lactobacillus plantarum and is a reliable brand!  Remember the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements!  Take a daily probiotic on an empty stomach. When you wake up in the morning is good.  Always check with your Doctor before taking a supplement, such as a probiotic!

Nature Made Probiotic Digestive Health Dietary Supplement Capsules

Articles on Probiotics:

The New York Times

Dr. Oz


Harvard Medical School

National Institute of Health


While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.


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