If it’s one thing that I have come to understand about skin is that taking care of it is more like an art instead of a science. Yes, there is science behind skincare, but with every person’s skin being very different from the next, there really isn’t one right way to handle it. It takes lots of time and special attention to figure out how to care for your own skin.
Probiotics is a touchy subject when it comes to health and even more so skin. It’s something that many people will argue for and against. In the simplest explanation, probiotics are said to benefit the body and more specifically the skin by hosting “good” bacteria in the body. This good bacteria acts like the military of your body and fights off the “bad” bacteria. Most skin issues whether it be acne, cysts, cellulitis, rosacea, etc. start from the presence of too much bad bacteria.
According to Dr. Frank Lipman, a celebrity holistic medicine professional a healthy person’s body should contain around 100 trillion “good” bacteria at any given time. This bacteria assists with keeping your immune system in tip top shape, and in return the rest of your body says thank you like having clear skin. Just think about it, when you eat terribly like fried or sugary foods, if you skin is anything like it yells at you by having pimples and overloaded pores. So, putting an extra bit of fight in your system can probably do you more good than harm.
So where are the best places to get the added probiotics for your diet from? Well, yogurt is probably the most popular natural place to get them from, but there are many others like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kefir, pickles, natto, buttermilk, and gouda cheese.
Traditionally we are taught to start from the inside out when it comes to skincare, but more contemporary practices also suggest topical options to benefit the skin. Next time you want to try a skin mask why not take some Greek yogurt and feed your skin from the outside in!
Again, remembering that all skin is different, if you try this, and feel that it isn’t helping, try something else. Everyone has to fall into the skin practices that work best for them, and then stick to them!