What you need to know about topical probiotics

Two things I try to do every day to optimize my digestion: get 35 grams of fiber and take my probiotics (love Binto since it also comes with a great pre-natal, and Seed is another great, science-backed brand). I’ve just started adding in digestive enzymes to see if it will help curb some bloating, but it’s too early to tell. I’ve been using Bye Bye Bloat from Love Wellness twice a day after my biggest meal (most brands say to take them before the meal, but Love Wellness says after). There’s been a huge spike in topical probiotics as well and I was curious about working those into my routine as well. Like with the probiotics you take orally the benefits come down to the strains being used, but they can range from improving acne to improving hydration in dry skin to soothing redness, inflammation, and wrinkles.

“The skins surface is a multifaceted environment of micro flora, with helpful (resident) and potentially harmful (transient) bacteria,” says board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sapna Palep of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. “Keeping this environment balanced is the key to healthy skin. Skincare products with probiotics can assist greatly in maintaining this balance.” She goes on to say that we have to be careful however to choose the proper products. “A probiotic cream should contain probiotics, prebiotics (to fuel the probiotics), and lysate ingredients for skin surface reinforcement. Examples of these ingredients include, Lactobacillus, Bifidabacterium, Vitreoscilla, various ferments and prebiotic sugars such as xylitol and fructooligosaccharides. Probiotics are inherently unstable and require special formulation and packaging. They can deteriorate very easily with exposure to air and light.”

A brand that really gets the science and is specifically focused on probiotic skincare is Glowbiotics (recommended to me by dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger). And they don’t just make one or two products – they have an extensive range going from serums and moisturizers to pads. They also cover all skin types so you can find a product that works specifically for you. Given how comprehensive it is, it seems like a great place to start experimenting with adding good-for-you bacteria topically. Click here to read more about the benefits of pre and probiotics!

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