Probiotics for beauty

February 01 2017 – Cassandra Hilton

Probiotics for beauty
Probiotics for beauty

“Inner beauty, outer health” has taken a whole new meaning with the topical use of probiotics for skin health. It was only a matter of time before scientists began to research the benefits of probiotics outside of the gut wall! While this is still a relatively new field of research, the use of topical or dermal application of probiotics in skincare continues to grow in the scientific published literature.

The topical use of probiotics has demonstrated benefits in improving acne, atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis, healing of burns and scars and skin-rejuvenating properties. Probiotics have a role in both intrinsic and extrinsic ageing and improving skin innate immunity, barrier function and protection and hydration. They have an ability to restore acidic skin pH, reduce oxidative stress and attenuate photo ageing.

These potentially helpful bugs that form the skin microbiome have also been at the forefront of science for gastrointestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel conditions, irritable bowel symptoms, depression, compromised immunity and autoimmune conditions, obesity and Alzheimer’s to name just a few! Probiotic use during pregnancy and in breastfeeding has also reduced the incidence of atopic skin conditions in children.

Before you go slathering yourself in a probiotic capsule for the sake of beauty, Founder and Naturopath, Cassandra Hilton recommends approaching skin holistically and is an advocate for the benefits of probiotics for skin health found within dietary sources such as kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, bio-dynamic yogurt and kombucha, recommending they form part of your daily diet.

Probiotic supplementation also benefits skin health via the “gut-brain-skin-axis” demonstrating a role in innate immune response, leading to changes in skin conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea by reducing inflammatory mediators and regulating immune system response to bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria associated with eczema and Propionibacterium acnes, bacteria associated with acne.

Incorporating probiotic skincare into your regime can alleviate the need for harsh and irritating chemicals or treatments that may aggravate skin conditions such as redness, acne or eczema.

Ocinium’s Ecdysis Bio-Ferment Enzyme Cleanse brings you the benefits of probiotics in their innovative formulation that layers probiotics within the ingredients of AHA fruit acids, papaya ferment, coconut ferment and fermented vegan hyaluronic acid yielding them more beneficial than their unfermented counterparts.

"Eat them, drink them, supplement them and incorporate them into your skincare regime" are Cassandra’s recommendations.

Cassandra Hilton, Founder