Why Are Probiotics Good For Your Skin?

Written by Verdilab Calendar
  1. History and Definition of Probiotics
  2. Probiotics Bring Benefits to Your Skin
  3. Probiotics Increase the Skin’s Elasticity
  4. Probiotics Help Protect Skin Against Pollution
  5. Probiotics Protect the Skin from Sun Damage
  6. Probiotics Restore the Skin’s Balance; Reduces Sensitivity
  7. Probiotics Protect Helpful Bacteria
  8. How Probiotics are Treating Acne
  9. Three Main Ways You Can Take Probiotics
  10. Try VERDILAB’s All-natural Skincare for Healthy, Radiant Skin

The word probiotics is a term you may have heard before, usually in the context of them being good for managing the equilibrium in your gut. You can establish this equilibrium by eating yogurt or eating or drinking pickled foods and beverages like kimchee or kombucha. However, probiotics are good for you in other areas of your body, including your skin. So why are probiotics good for your skin? You may be wondering to yourself if you are new to the subject. Of course, that’s a valid question that deserves an answer, so let’s explain that a little before we dive into the thick of things.

The answer: Through extensive research, scientists have determined that probiotics are beneficial for your skin because they restore its pH balance, slow aging and avoid breakouts (more on that good stuff later). Some research even suggests that probiotics could help prevent skin cancer through the prevention against free radical damage.

Let’s read on to discover how, exactly, probiotics are good for your skin and other fascinating facts.

History and Definition of Probiotics

The modern history of probiotics started in the early 1900s, with their discovery by Nobel laureate and Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff, who discovered them while researching at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Nevertheless, the history of probiotics is as old as human history,as these tiny organisms are natural byproducts that are produced when food is fermented.

Probiotics live naturally in the body, and they are composed of “good” or “helpful” live bacteria or yeasts. In addition, scientists only declare that bacteria are good or helpful when proven to benefit human health. We rely on them to digest food in the alimentary canal, wage war on harmful bacteria and regulate our bodily functions. Probiotics can be found in many parts of the body, and they are particularly abundant in the digestive system.

The bacterial community in the human body is called the microbiome, and no two are alike. Our microbial cells fight inflammation and ward off disease, but they are killed by harmful bacteria when we take antibiotics. Replenishing our probiotics can be accomplished by taking supplements or eating a diet rich in fiber. Medical conditions that can be prevented or improved by probiotics include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Gum disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections

Probiotics Bring Benefits to Your Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and serves as a barrier between the cells that keep us alive and all of the things in the world that could do us harm. The skin is constantly exposed to stresses ranging from temperature fluctuations to harsh chemicals, and it takes the lion’s share of the punishment when we trip and fall. Scientists have long known that probiotics help the skin to resist pathogens and minimize inflammation, and recent research has unveiled that these microscopic organisms can do much, much more.

Probiotics Assist with Many Skin Conditions

Skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and acne have traditionally been treated with antibiotics and special prescription creams and gels, but this approach has a few problems.

Many people find antibiotic pills hard to swallow and stop taking them as soon as their condition improves, which can cause even more severe issues down the line. Antibiotics also have side effects like nausea and dizziness, and they kill helpful bacteria in the gut. In the case of rosacea, gels and creams only work for 12 hours, and the redness and bumps return when you stop using them.

Researchers have discovered that probiotics taken orally can treat many common skin ailments without these drawbacks, and applying them topically can work even better. In vitro testing suggests that probiotics could even regulate and limit the production of cancer cells.

Probiotics Stop the Bacteria that Causes Inflammation

Many of the foods we love increase the amount of oil our skin produces, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Exfoliating regularly and using the proper cleansing regimen can counter this, but probiotics can also help by killing the harmful bacteria that cause inflammation.

They can also help avoid breakouts by strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier, protecting us from environmental stresses.

Scientific research of subjects’ skin microbiome before and after four weeks of the application of VERDILAB’s NATURAL MOISTURIZER Probiotic Cream and NATURAL DETOX replenishing face mask proved their protective effect on the human skin. It resulted in a proper amount of positive microorganisms present on the skin,  reducing the presence of adverse microorganisms such as Citrobacter koseri, Bacillus spp., Enterococcus spp., Alcaligenes spp., Pantoea spp. and Staphylococcus aureus.

Will Probiotic Skincare Products Help Stop Acne?

Most acne ointments are designed to address inflammation and improve skin hydration, which are things probiotics can do without any troubling side effects. In addition, laboratory tests have revealed that probiotics produce antibacterial proteins that inhibit p. acnes, a harmful bacteria that causes acne.

Applying them topically has been shown to increase the skin’s antimicrobial properties significantly, and during one study conducted in 2007, researchers noticed that applying probiotics directly onto the skin for two months reduced acneiform pustules and papules by 89%.

Probiotics Increase the Skin’s Elasticity

Harsh weather, inadequate skin care and lifestyle choices like smoking can all give us wrinkles and make us look older than we really are, but nothing does as much damage as free radicals. These are unstable atoms that can wreak havoc on our cells, and they are what makes our hair turn gray and our skin to age.

Our bodies produce them naturally, and exposure to pollutants, toxic chemicals, smoking and eating some foods can cause us to create even more. However, in vivo and in vitro studies suggest that probiotics could stop visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, by improving the skin’s elasticity.

Foods high in probiotics like yogurt or probiotic supplements or creams may minimize free radical scavenging, prevent oxidative damage and boost natural antioxidative enzymes.

Results of VERDILAB’s scientific research on antiradical activity of NATURAL MOISTURIZER Probiotic Cream show that this cream provides a very high value of the antiradical activity, neutralizing 98,26% of free radicals in just one hour.

VERDILAB’s clinical study shows that the combined use of NATURAL MOISTURIZER Probiotic Cream and NATURAL DETOX Replenishing Face Mask can increase skin elasticity levels by up to +44% in as little as three weeks.

Probiotics Help Protect Skin Against Pollution

We all want to keep our bodies safe from exposure to environmental toxins, and probiotics can help. Toxic chemicals in the air we breathe cause oxidative damage that damages skin cells and frees up free radicals that create more damage. This onslaught further weakens the protective barrier of the skin and makes it more vulnerable to infection by harmful bacteria.

VERDILAB’s NATURAL MOISTURIZER Probiotic Cream is a topical probiotic that works to protect your skin cells against all types of pollution. This moisturizer works by supporting the healthy balance of your skin microbiome and acts as a protective biometric shield that guards your skin against pollutants.

It also visibly elevates cell renewal and moisturizes skin perfectly, preventing the formation of facial lines and immediately delivering feelings of comfort. VERDILAB’s NATURAL MOISTURIZER also leaves you with a complexion that is revitalized and plumped.

Probiotics Help Calm Inflammatory Skin Conditions

The good bacteria in our bodies provide us with our primary defense against inflammation. They help to maintain the skin’s pH and moisture levels, and they strengthen the barrier that keeps out harmful environmental elements.

That is why probiotics are becoming a safe and common form of treatment for inflammatory skin disorders like eczema. Scientists do not yet fully understand the battle between good and harmful bacteria raging on our skin, but they have concluded that probiotics are a powerful weapon against inflammation.

Probiotics Protect the Skin from Sun Damage

The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage our DNA and cause skin cancer, and they can penetrate through windows and some types of clothing. Spending our lives hiding from the sun is not a solution, so we need a better way to protect ourselves.

A combination of sunscreens and common-sense precautions is the best approach, but a daily regimen with probiotics provides even more protection. Researchers have discovered that probiotics taken orally can reverse the harmful effects of UV rays, and topical creams containing helpful bacteria or the substances healthy bacteria need to thrive could be even more effective.

Probiotics Restore the Skin’s Balance; Reduces Sensitivity

Probiotics work with receptors in the skin to regulate the immune response, which helps to soothe inflamed skin. Some of the products we use to wash and cleanse the skin interfere with the delicate bacterial ecosystem that keeps us healthy, but probiotics can restore balance and reduce dryness, redness and sensitivity.

Sensitive skin is more vulnerable and takes longer to repair itself, turning even minor irritations into prolonged ordeals. Probiotics speed up healing times and boost the skin’s defenses by repairing, rebuilding and strengthening its protective barrier.

Probiotics Improve Your Skin’s Hydration Levels

Strengthening the skin’s natural barrier also improves hydration by reducing water loss significantly. Another way probiotics keep the skin hydrated and looking healthy is by fighting the harmful bacteria that cause the skin to become dry and irritated in the first place.

When scientists studied the link between probiotics and skin hydration in 2016, they found that people with dry skin who applied a probiotic cream for four weeks had more effective skin barriers, less water loss and higher moisture levels.

VERDILAB’s clinical study on subjects aged 25-60 showed that the Natural Moisturizer Probiotic Cream increases the level of skin hydration up to 96%*** in just one hour after application. It also keeps the long term hydration effect at an average level of +79% after 12h from a single application.

Probiotics Protect Helpful Bacteria

Probiotics are the good guys in a war between helpful and harmful bacteria being waged in every human body. Harmful bacteria damage our cells, accelerate aging, and cause many deadly diseases, so it only makes sense to give the organisms doing battle with them a fighting chance.

Adding probiotics to your daily routine will always have a positive impact, but it is of particular importance if you have recently taken antibiotics. These drugs are widely prescribed because they can prevent infections, but they kill good bacteria as well as bad ones, resulting in changes to the microflora in your gut. This change can lead to diarrhea, nausea, and other GI issues until the gut gets back in balance.

How Probiotics are Treating Acne

The link between diet and acne is well established, and hundreds of diets have been touted as a possible treatment. Scientists now believe that diets low in fiber are the main culprit as they starve our helpful bacteria and allow harmful bacteria to thrive. This effect causes inflammation in the digestive tract that can spill over into the bloodstream and reach the skin. There are several ways that probiotics can help to prevent this from happening.

Taking oral probiotic supplements attacks the problem at its source by sending out good bacteria reinforcements and applying probiotic creams and masks to prevent harmful toxins from reaching the skin. Probiotics have also been found to stimulate the skin’s ability to produce ceramides, which are lipids that hold moisture and thwart harmful bacteria.

This approach is so effective that many leading dermatologists now believe that probiotics should replace antibiotics as the primary treatment for acne.

Is Taking Probiotics Every Day Bad for You?

During the pioneering stages of probiotics in the early 1900s, researchers noticed that people who eat a lot of yogurt tend to live longer. We now know a lot more about probiotics, and we have learned that more is better.

It is often said that we can have too much of a good thing, but that is rarely the case with probiotics. Probiotic supplements are safe to take every day, and topical probiotic products can be applied in the morning and night.

Three Main Ways You Can Take Probiotics

There are varying ways of taking probiotics, but the main ways of taking them are topically, orally or by capsule or pill. Taking capsules and pills are technically done orally too, but we are breaking them out separately since their effectiveness is quite different.

One popular oral form of probiotic is a powder that you add to water or your favorite drink, but ingesting it through your food is just as effective, if not more so. Topical probiotics work well too, as do capsules but to a lesser extent.

What follows is more information about the three most commonly used probiotics.

1. Topical Probiotic Creams

Similar to how probiotics function to prevent and treat problems with your stomach, topical probiotics are proven to have a soothing effect on your skin by stimulating surges of helpful bacteria that keep skin cells thriving.

You can buy topical probiotics in face creams and masks. These products typically contain the most beneficial strains of bacteria because they stay on your skin for hours at a time; they also use potent dosages relative to other forms of application.

Topical probiotics work best when you apply them twice daily. Therefore, a regimen you can try is putting them on early in the morning and right before you go to bed. It’s also best to put them on after washing your face.

2. Oral Probiotics

There are many foods that contain probiotics like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and some types of cheeses like gouda, mozzarella and cottage cheese. The key is to look for live and active cultures, as these aid digestion and promote a healthy gut.

Probiotic liquids can also be added to smoothies or shakes for an easy way to get them into the diet quickly and easily every day. Also, probiotics can be taken orally in pill form, which we’ll touch on next. 

3. Probiotic Capsules

Probiotic capsules or pills are convenient for your lifestyle or travels, but they don’t work as well because the enzymes in your stomach kill most of them before they can get into your bloodstream. The strains that can be found in capsules typically have been chosen for their ability to survive the digestion process and make it into your gut alive.

You also need much higher doses than when taken orally or applied topically, about 500 million to one billion bacteria.

Try VERDILAB’s All-natural Skincare for Healthy, Radiant Skin

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In our clean formulations we avoid any synthetic ingredients, but also of natural origin, which may have any toxic or harmful effect on human health, animals or the environment. We are constantly following new research in the field of the safety of cosmetic ingredients, updating our blacklist to keep our cosmetics as clean and safe as possible for all skin, even the most sensitive.

Below are groups of chemicals that are banned to use in Verdilab cosmetics.

I. Synthetic preservatives including but not limited to:

1. BHA

(Butylated Hydroxyanisole) may cause cancer, skin irritation and hormonal disorders.

2. BHT

(Butylated Hydroxytoluene) suspected of causing cancer, skin irritation and hormonal disorders.

3. Parabens

some of them are already banned for cosmetic use because of risk of cancer and hormonal disruptions, but other (including methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben) are still allowed to be used In cosmetics, although some studies show they can affect reproductive functions through both, male and female. Moreover, long term impact of them on our health is largely unknown.

4. Phenoxyethanol

first choice preservatives used recently by a lot of brands, also claiming themselves “clean”. Classified as toxic (for use around the mouth) and an irritant by the European Union.

5. Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde donors

known as carcinogens, can also cause neurotoxicity.

6. MIT (Methylisothiazolinone), CMIT (Methylchloroisothiazolinone)

preservatives from the isothiazolinones family, that cause high risk of allergies, but still allowed by EU law to be used in rinse-off cosmetics.

II. Commonly used as cleaning agent, pH stabilizers and not only. Can cause allergies, hormone disruption, skin toxicity.

  1. DEA
  2. TEA
  1. MEA
  2. ETA

III. EDTA and derivatives - used in cosmetics as chelating agents. They are extremely harmful for aquatic environment from where, making a full cycle, can poison our organs.

  1. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid
  2. Disodium EDTA
  3. Calcium Disodium EDTA
  1. Tetrasodium EDTA
  2. Trisodium EDTA

IV. Chemical sunscreens – suspected causing severe allergies and hormonal disruptions and bringing potential risks to reproductive systems, they are also toxic to environment, including but not limited to:

  1. Oxybenzone
  2. Octocrylene
  3. Benzophenone
  4. Diphenylmethanone
  5. Diphenylketone
  1. Benzoylbenzene
  2. Phenylketone,
  3. 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone,
  4. Octinoxate.

V. Triclosan and Triclocarban – antimicrobial agents that may impact human health and are toxic to the environment.

VI. Toluene – solvent used in cosmetics that can be toxic for human body.

VII. Petroleum based polymers (glycols) – commonly used as a thickeners, softeners and emulsion stabilizers, cosmetics without it are really hard to find. May cause irritation, contact dermatitis, and allergies, especially when applied to damaged skin. These compounds also have a very high risk of contamination with extremely toxic ethylene dioxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are carcinogenic to humans and harmful to the environment.

  1. PEGs (polyethylene glycols) including compounds
  1. PPG

VIII. Acrylates – can cause cancer and organ system toxicity, including but not limited to:

  1. Ethyl acrylate,
  2. Ethyl methacrylate,
  3. Butyl methacrylate,
  4. Methyl methacrylate,
  1. Hydroxypropyl methacrylate,
  2. Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate,
  3. Trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate

IX. Phthalates – plasticizing chemicals commonly used in cosmetics, that can cause severe endocrine disruptions, including but not limited to

  1. DBP
  2. DEHP
  1. DEP

X. All groups of synthetic polymers, microplastics and nanoplastics – used in cosmetics as thickeners, emulsifiers, texturing agents, etc. - according to “Beet the Microbeads” initiative’s study, “every time we use anti-wrinkle cream, we can put over 90,000 plastic particles on our faces!” Some of them are smaller than diameter of a human hair. According the EU scientific body report, the toxicity of nanoplastics increases with decrease of their size. So, they can enter our body, interfering with our organs. This list includes but not limited to :

  1. Acrylates Copolymer
  2. Acrylates Crosspolymer
  3. Acrylamides
  4. Polyacrylamides
  5. Polyethylene (PE)
  6. Polyacrylates
  7. Propylen Copolymer
  1. Polypropylene (PP),
  2. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA),
  3. Nylon (PA),
  4. Polyurethane
  5. Carbomere
  6. Methacrylate Colopymers
  7. Methacrylate Crosspolymers

XI. Silicones (all groups, including dimethicone and other linear silicones, as well as cyclic / volatile, including D4-D6 and cyclomethicone – synthetic substances loved by conventional cosmetic brands because they help to create a feeling of light texture and spread easily on the skin. Today it is difficult to find cosmetics without silicones. There is a real battle of conventional brands for their "neutrality" towards the human body. We avoid them in our formulations because some data shoes that cyclic silicones can be toxic to human reproduction system and cause endocrinal disruption. Linear silicones like dimethicone, more neutral for the skin, basically bring nothing valuable to the formula, being just chemical fillers. If we apply subsequent layers of cosmetics with silicones on our faces, they accumulate on the skin, leading to its occlusion, blocking the penetration of active substances. Moreover, as they are not biodegradable, they are negative to our environment, as we all know.

XII. Sulphates – surfactants usually used in cleansing products that can cause severe skin irritation or even allergies.

  1. SLS - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  2. SLES - Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  1. ALS - Ammonium lauryl sulphate

XIII. Talc – used mostly in cosmetic powders, after a long use can cause cancer

XIV. Coal tar and derivatives – usually used as colorants, can cause cancer.

XV. Synthetic fragrances – may contain combinations of thousands of chemical ingredients, including allergens and hormone disruptors.

XVI. Petrolatum, Paraffins, Mineral oils – we have concern with these ingredients because of their unsustainable sourcing and possible PAH (Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons) contamination.

XVII. Butoxyethanol – this common solvent according to WHO it has moderate acute toxicity and is irritating to the eyes and skin.

XVIII. Nano particles - commonly used in sunscreens, applied to the skin in repeated application they can be absorbed into the body having the potential to harm living cells and organs.

XIX. Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) – composed of palmitic acid and Vitamin A, can cause photosensitivity, skin dryness, and in repeated application may be cumulated into organs being dangerous especially for pregnant women.

XX. Alcohol & Ethanol – willingly used in conventional cosmetics to bring pleasant feeling of lightweight, mattifying formulas, especially to sunscreen or cosmetics dedicated to oily skin. It can damage skin barrier, over dry the skin, causes irritations, neurodermatitis and promotes premature skin ageing. Including but not limited to:

  1. Alcohol Denat
  2. Alcohol, Ethanol
  3. Ethyl Alcohol
  4. SD Alcohol
  5. Methanol
  6. Propyl Alcohol
  1. Propanol
  2. Isopropanol
  3. Isopropyl Alcohol
  4. Benzyl Alcohol
  5. Phenethyl Alcohol

XXI. Fragrance allergens – present in almost all cosmetics that have fragrance, listed by European Union as a potential skin sensitizers.

  1. Amyl cinnamal
  2. Amylcinnamyl alcohol
  3. Anisyl alcohol
  4. Benzyl alcohol
  5. Benzyl benzoate
  6. Benzyl cinnamate
  7. Benzyl salicylate
  8. Cinnamyl alcohol
  9. Cinnamaldehyde
  10. Citral
  11. Citronellol
  12. Coumarin
  13. Eugenol
  1. Farnesol
  2. Geraniol
  3. Hexyl cinnamaladehyde
  4. Hydroxycitronellal
  5. Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (HICC), (also known as Lyral)
  6. Isoeugenol
  7. Lilial
  8. d-Limonene
  9. Linalool
  10. Methyl 2-octynoate
  11. g-Methylionone
  12. Oak moss extract
  13. Tree moss extract


XXIII. Gluten

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