Having a wide variety of microbes in your gut is a good thing. And probiotics — made up of billions of good bacteria — found in cultured foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, help establish healthy intestinal flora. All of which positively affects digestion and strengthens your immune system.
But while gut microbes are out of sight, the thought of bacteria squirming around on your body’s largest organ (your skin) might not be so palatable. Yet, it’s true — and it’s a good thing.
Many epidermal bacteria deliver just what your skin needs. Not unlike the algae in Derma9, some produce lipids — the fatty acids that help keep your skin moist and resilient.
And just as they do in your gut, other beneficial bacteria increase the immunity of your skin. That way, you don’t suffer from contact dermatitis (allergies) and other rashes. New research points to probiotics being anti-aging by helping to build collagen, too.
Dermatologists have recently found that creams with enterococcus faecalis reduce acne. Yogurt masks can help keep your complexion clear and bright. We’re sure more bacterial benefits will be discovered. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, steer clear of those ever-present antibacterial soaps whenever possible.