Probiotics are making waves in skincare! Topical probiotics can be beneficial for a range of skin conditions, including probiotic acne solutions. We walk you through what they do and how probiotics for acne can help manage breakouts and inflammation.
The Lowdown on Topical Probiotics for Acne
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that occur naturally in our bodies. They’re often called ‘good bacteria’.
You’ve probably heard about probiotics in relation to gut health but did you know that trillions of microorganisms live on your skin too? They are the tiniest defenders of your skin and we literally wouldn’t be able to function without them!
Collectively, these organisms are known as the skin’s microbiome which consists of a delicate, diverse balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. Your skin microbiome is part of the skin barrier.
A balanced microbiome = healthier skin
A well functioning, balanced microbiome is essential for healthy skin and a strong barrier. Skin can defend itself against external invaders, stay hydrated, clear, and calm.
Too many bad bacteria = inflammation and impaired skin barrier
Many things can throw the skin's microbiome out of balance and cause a surge in bad bacteria. Sun exposure, pollutants, diet, medication, and irritating skincare ingredients to name a few.
An unbalanced microbiome can result in inflammation and a compromised skin barrier leading to issues like acne, rosacea, eczema, excessive dryness, and skin sensitivity.
Topical use of probiotics in skincare
Research has shown the potential to address a range of inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, by topically inserting good bacteria (probiotics) into the skin’s microbiome with skincare.
In turn, this restores balance to the microbiome creating an optimal environment for skin health to thrive and rapidly stimulate cell renewal to repair the barrier.
Extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) has shown the esmi Skin Minerals Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate as ideal for topical application to stimulate rapid skin cell renewal and accelerate wound healing.
What do probiotics do in skincare for acne?
Acne is triggered by an influx of bacteria known as p. Acnes
Excess oil on the skin leads to blocked pores which are the ideal environment for this bacteria to thrive and spread. This in turn leads to breakouts, inflammation, and swelling.
Using probiotic acne skincare may help manage acne in two ways.
First, to get the spread of acne bacteria under control (help clear existing breakouts) and second, by regulating oil production to minimise breakout recurrence.
Control the spread of bacteria
Adding good bacteria to the skin with topical probiotics can help fortify skin's beneficial microflora and reduce acne bacteria.
Regulate oil production
Many skincare products, especially those related to acne, strip the skin of oil entirely. This causes the skin to create more oil which triggers more breakouts.
Stripping the skin also disrupts the skin barrier (which includes the skin’s microbiome) resulting in a surge of bad bacteria and increased sensitivity.
Using probiotic acne skincare can help create an optimal environment to heal a compromised skin barrier and aid in balancing oil and reduced sensitivity.
Probiotic Skin Mylck and What Probiotics Do in Skin Care
esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck is a world-first in probiotic skincare. A very light moisturising lotion that simply melts into the skin, the probiotic rich formulation can help aid in healing acne-prone, compromised skin.
Skin Mylck contains the 100% Australian Made probiotic Lysate to help create an ideal environment for compromised, acne-prone skin to repair a damaged skin barrier and kill pathogens (bad bacteria) to fortify skin's beneficial microflora.
How to use Skin Mylck in your routine
Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion designed to follow the cleansing and sensitive skin soothing serum steps in your morning and night routines.
If you don’t use a Skin Treat serum
After cleansing, using the dropper drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser when treating your skin with esmi Skin Mylck.
If you use a water-based Skin Treat serum
After applying a sensitive skin serum allow it to absorb. Then, using the dropper, drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin.
If you have very dry skin
While Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion, if your skin is extremely dry, and you feel you need more moisture you could follow with a Skin Treat oil like Peppermint Green Oil.
Creating An Acne Routine with Probiotics
For the ultimate acne fighting routine, we recommend the following products be used in conjunction with Skin Mylck.
Face Oil: Peppermint Green Oil (If areas of skin are extremely dry and you feel you need more moisture)
Sunscreen: Skin Shield SPF 30+
esmi Skin Mylck range is designed to help with various skin concerns including dullness, redness and inflammation, dehydration, and sensitivity.
Our Skin Service team is here to guide you every step of the way and answer questions you have about our probiotic skin care products and the best probiotics for acne. Please reach out via chat or book a skin consultation.
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esmi Skin Mylk range is made with a 100% Australian made Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate produced in Australia’s first and only cGMP/TGA certified facility for probiotic API manufacturing.Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4633615/