We are all well aware that probiotics are good for the digestive system. In addition, the good bacteria colony is also essential for promoting healthy skin and balancing our skin’s flora (microorganism which resides on the skin). These microorganisms help with our skin’s immune system and to fight bad bacteria and fungus. Most skin diseases arise due to weakened skin immunity and also made worse due to continuous application and consumption of antibiotics.
When our skin flares up, we are typically prescribed to apply antibiotics, antiseptic ointments often to prevent infection. However, the more you apply antibiotic and antiseptic, the more our skin’s flora will be imbalance. Also, when our eczema flareups get too infected, typically the doctors would prescribe a course of oral antibiotics and that is another reason to ensure our good bacteria in the gut needs to be replenished. Several medical sites ie. WorldHealthNet, US National Library of Medicine, has articles that explains further on why probiotics are essential for a good skin health. Thus, it is essential to ensure you replenish your gut bacteria regularly, either via natural food source like yogurt, kimchi or probiotic supplement (if you are dairy intolerant).
These probiotic supplements are made up of billions of different bacterias. Are they all equally good or some specific species are more beneficial for the skin? According to several health articles, 2 bacteria strains are often mentioned : Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
Swanson Ultimate 16-strain probiotics has 16 species of essential bacteria, including Lactobacillus reuteri, which was recently added to improve the formula because of the unique protective abilities it offers for colon health and immune system function. It contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus which is suitable for eczema condition and Lactobacillus acidophilus which is a good general bacteria strain for health. You may purchase this supplement from Vitadeals.sg. (coupon code “SS5OFF” for a 5% discount)
Another interesting way to improve our skin’s good bacteria, according to several doctors is to apply the probiotic powder directly to the skin! Additionally, in order not to affect our natural skin ecosystem, we should always try to use natural skin care products as much as possible. For example – using tea tree oil as natural antiseptic wash, emu oil as emollient and fermented papaya ointment for broken skin.