Yes, your skin needs bacteria to be healthy.
Our bodies are made up of trillions of bacteria, so many they outnumber our cells, and we need both the good and the bad and they both play a direct role in skin health
The skin does not work in a vacuum, it works with other systems of the body to keep all that we are healthy, and one of the main systems that works with the skin is our digestive system, namely our microbiome or gut flora.
Gut flora breaks down nutrients from the foods we consume, these nutrients help skin protect and repair itself. If you’re flora isn’t breaking down foods properly and your gut isn’t absorbing these nutrients your skin (all body systems actually) isn’t being nourished.
Every nutrient we eat supports the skin in some way.
Impaired gut flora (too many bad bacteria, not enough good), as it effects the skin, can lead to acne, eczema and loss of collagen and elastin.
At this point you may be wondering how you can support your gut health and the answer is pretty easy – probiotics and clean food.
Probiotics feed healthy gut bacteria, this is the easiest way to support your flora.
Research shows that probiotics have many positive effects on the skin.
· Strengthen the skin barrier
· Restore acidic skin pH
· Maintain the skin’s microbiome
· Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress
· Lesson damage from UV rays
· Keep skin hydrated
· Promote the production of collagen, fats, and ceramides.
I take a probiotic every day, but I also add it in to any mask that I’m doing to nourish my skin microbiome as well.