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Probiotics, the new allies to fight acne and rosacea


Maintain balance and care for the ecosystem of the microorganisms that live in our body such as the intestine and the skin is indispensable for our health. “The microbiome, which is the set of microorganisms and their genetic component that inhabit our body, plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system,” says Verónica Tosi, dermatologist and member of the SAD.

The specialist highlights that our body is literally riddled with microbes, with more than a million of them on every square inch of skin. But this is a good thing as a healthy microbiota self-pollinates to ensure that no single type of bacteria dominates over the others. If our good microorganisms are healthy, so will our skin, because are essential to fight infection, protect from environmental damage, boost our immune system and keep skin hydrated and radiant. If your skin’s healthy microbiome is disrupted, it leads to rashes, rosacea flare-ups, acne, eczema, and even sensitive skin.

  The skin is the body's first defense that constantly communicates with our immune system (Shutterstock)

Lucas Ponti, dermatologist and director of ACNEBA, the first dermatological center dedicated to the treatment and prevention of acne, stresses that The use of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics are an excellent and encouraging tool for the treatment of acne and also in rosacea.

The skin has a complex ecosystem, or microbiome, similar to the intestinal flora and our skin is the body’s first defense and constantly communicates with our immune system. Today we can turn to these allies in the form of probiotics, prebiotics and even postbiotics. All come prepared to be taken orally and ready to add to our care routines.

Tosi clarifies that this type of treatment “can help in many ways and depending on the type of probiotic you use, your skin will get different results. The key will be to have a consultation with specialists to see what our skin needs ”.

Probiotics and rosacea

  Probiotics provide anti-inflammatory help against rosacea and sensitive skin (Shutterstock)

Today we know that probiotics provide anti-inflammatory help against rosacea and sensitive skin. Results show that it reduces inflammation and allergic reactions that hydrate and soothe reactive skin.

Probiotics and acne

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that involves the unit made up of the sebaceous gland and the hair follicle. It affects 90% of adolescents and 40% of the adult population, especially women. The western diet of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats generate an imbalance of the intestinal and skin microbiota, favoring the appearance of acne. Tosi highlights that “the use of probiotics that generate an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect together with a balanced diet are a promising combination for its treatment”.

The use of probiotics that generate an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect (Shutterstock)

they are what probiotics eat to live on.

Benefits for the skin: nourishes it so that good bacteria proliferate and increases bacterial diversity, crucial in our body.

Live microbes administered in adequate doses will have a beneficial effect on the people who receive them. To be considered probiotic, they must have at least one clinical study that supports their benefit.

Benefits for the skin: reinforces the protective barrier, fights harmful bacteria and controls inflammation.

“Bacterial waste products that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, including: enzymes, acids, and peptides.”

Benefits for the skin: it fights allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, acne and helps the proliferation of beneficial bacteria.

Where to find them?

Probiotics They can be purchased in fermented foods, capsules and drops. “Within foods, what you do not have well quantified is the species, that is, what bacteria it is and the quantity. For example, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, not necessarily every time they are fermented they give you the same amount of microorganisms and it may not be enough to be beneficial for the body. Then there are the preparations in capsules or liquids where it is possible to identify the species and the quantity”, Concludes the dermatologist Verónica Tosi.

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