Bacteria for Your Face — All You Need to Know About Probiotic Skincare

We’ve all heard the benefits of taking a probiotic for maintaining a healthy gut — they balance the good + bad bacteria in your gut’s microbiome, aid the immune system, + help digestion. Taking a gut probiotic regularly can help with acne + other skin issues like rosacea, but the new wave of skincare is incorporating the same beneficial bacterial strains found in your gut probiotics into your facial cleansers.

HOW IT WORKS 

Putting bacteria on your face may sound counterintuitive, but the ecosystem of the skin benefits from good bacteria just as much as your gut does. Our friends at Mother Dirt taught us that over the past 100 years, our skin has lost a natural bacteria called Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria [AOB] due to a shift to an indoor lifestyle. This bacteria is important in the maintenance of a healthy skin ecosystem, + without it, our skin is more sensitive than ever.

By adding this strain + other strains of bacteria back to your skin’s ecosystem through probiotic cleansers//sprays, the bacteria will benefit from its host [your skin!] leaving your skin glowing + healthy. 

WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH

Due to the removal of AOB from our skin’s natural ecosystem, more skin issues, such as sensitivity, dryness, irritation, + acne-causing inflammation, have been reported in the past 100 years than ever before. If you’re dealing with any of these issues, your skin’s microbiome may be suffering. We recommend speaking to a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician before changing your skincare routine too drastically, but if you’ve tried multitudes of products with no luck, probiotics for your skin might be the answer! 

If you’re a city dweller, you’ll want to dive into probiotic skincare, as well. Due to the higher amounts of pollution, the skin is under more stress in city environments. As the good bacteria helps your skin’s ecosystem thrive, it will also act as a barrier to external threats. 

PRODUCTS TO TRY

1] MotherDirt AO+ Mist 

This spray is our favorite way to return stripped AOB back to your skin! With consistent use, it will restore balance + smoothness in about four weeks!

2] Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser 

This cleanser is all natural + contains fermented oats that act as a prebiotic to the bacteria that already lives on your skin. By promoting a healthy microbiome, the prebiotics will replenish skin + protect it from external stressors. 

3] La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Body Cream 

If you’re struggling with extremely dry skin, this rich body cream is for you. Slather it on + let the good bacteria do its work!

Your skin is an important piece of your overall health, so make sure you’re taking good care of it! Have you ever tried probiotic skincare? Let us know in the comments or on Instagram using #inCHAARG! 

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