Ingredient Spotlight: Lactobacillus Ferment


In-Depth Spotlight of the Ingredient Lactobacillus Ferment: 

Is a probiotic that strengthens skin’s immunity by forming a protective film of healthy flora on the surface while targeting issues from deep within.  Clinical trials showed a reduction in acne lesions, erythema, and stinging intensity while increasing barrier strength

Probiotics are live bacteria that live in colonies on the skin in an environment known as a microbiome.  A healthy microbiome keeps the surface of the skin healthy and helps balance the lipid barrier.  When the lipid barrier is not in balance, the skin experiences trans epidermal water loss, which causes all types of skin issues.

Probiotics promote a healthy skin microbiome by influencing the types of bacteria that live on your skin. It reduces the growth of microorganisms, through two different mechanisms: the first is through acidification of the environment to reduce inflammation, and the second by providing anti-microbial peptides that inhibit the growth of dangerous microorganisms while respecting the microbiome balance. Based on recent positive studies, dermatologists are recommending topical probiotics as a component of an effective skin care strategy to combat four skin conditions:  acne, rosacea, eczema, and aging skin.

Benefits of Probiotics:

Improve Inflammatory Skin Conditions: The skin microbiome can be as important as the gut microbiome. Eczema sufferers, for example, have an imbalanced skin microbiome – it is usually characterized by an excess of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. If staph is allowed to multiply and breed, it can overtake all the good bacteria and overwhelm it. This will ultimately lead to an eczema flare-up. With a topical probiotic, this can be prevented. Probiotics have demonstrated a stabilizing effect in inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a study has shown that probiotics have a calming effect on the skin and prevent the immune system from attacking other living microorganisms, thus reducing flare-ups. Finally, probiotics help restore the skin’s natural pH balance. This is crucial in maintaining equilibrium in the skin, making it less likely to experience acne or eczema flare-ups.

Strengthen the Skin Barrier: Probiotics have been shown to reduce the threat of infection and reinforce the skin’s natural defenses against bad bacteria, pollution and free radical damage; which are unstable atoms that damage cells and degrade collagen and elastin in the skin. By producing antimicrobials and compounds that reduce the skin’s pH, probiotics also protect your skin from transient pathogens that could disrupt normal skin function.

Anti-Aging: Topical probiotics promote better moisture absorption and aid in delaying the signs of aging. The lactic acid in probiotics dissolves dead skin cells and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tightens pores, and improves dry and dull skin. They also contain nourishing properties that soothe sun-damaged skin.

Fight Acne-Causing Bacteria: When applied topically, probiotics suppress acne-causing bacteria by releasing byproducts that help kill bad germs. By keeping bad bacteria in check, probiotics can also help reduce new breakouts. Probiotics also help unclog pores by gently removing the sebum and proteins that hold dead skin cells together, causing them to cluster deep into the hair follicles where they harden into blackheads or become inflamed and turn into lesions. The exfoliating effect of lactic acid can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Finally, rough texture and overall dullness can be alleviated with a topical probiotic. This is important as it can help the skin regain its previous radiance.

Restore Skin Hydration: Applying healthy bacteria to your skin can help restore the lipid barrier, a vital protective layer that is often compromised by stripping face washes and harsh products. By reinforcing this barrier, probiotics help the skin retain essential moisture.



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Impact of prebiotics and probiotics on skin health

Probiotics and prebiotics in dermatology

Probiotics in acne and rosacea: a systematic review


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