Fact. You have more bacteria living on and in your body right now than there are people on Earth.
You’re a bacteria planet 😉
What a crazy thought eh.
And this is an extremely good thing.
Because bacteria help keep you healthy.
They really do.
Fact, every skin condition you could think of (like eczema or acne) is linked in some way to a change in your skin’s bacteria balance.
Psst – us scientists call this your skin’s microflora or microbiome.
Aka a bacteria planet.
Now here’s the thing. When skin goes ‘wrong’ most skincare interventions work against your skin’s biology to try and fix it. Just take acne as an example.
When you have acne, we know your skin has an imbalance of acne bacteria. Most skincare, and especially the kind you can get from a pharmacist or doctor, like for example benzoyl peroxide, works against your skin’s natural biology to exterminate all bacteria insight.
Kill off the acne bacteria. Kill off your acne.
But – your skin needs bacteria.
And antibacterial anti-acne skincare isn’t just killing off acne bacteria, it’s also killing off all bacteria.
Your skin becomes like a desert. Barren.
But now there could be another way. This is exciting. And it’s a way to work with your skin’s biology. To get better skin naturally by topping up/balancing what makes your skin healthy in the first place. It’s microbiome. It’s microflora.
Probiotic skincare promises to do just this.
But what is probiotic skincare?
Can probiotic skincare actually work?
Does probiotic skincare contain actual live bacteria?
Can probiotic skincare help eczema? Or acne?
Can probiotics help with wrinkles?
You’re asking all the right questions, my friend. And in 5 minutes, you will have answers. I promise you. So come park up your bacteria planet and let’s get to this…
What Is Probiotic Skincare?
Last week a sample of Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer landed on my desk. And I shouted out on Facebook – what do you want to know about it?
There was such a savvy question which got asked by both Helen and Nikki…
> Are the bacteria alive or dead… and if dead, how would that even work?!
> Don’t probiotics have a short shelf life since they’re alive? Wouldn’t prebiotics be preferable in skin care since they can feed the good bacteria on your skin?
You’re spot-on to ask this ladies.
This is the crux of what is probiotic skincare?
This is the question which answers if probiotic skincare can work for you.
You want to be the world’s best chocolate eater.
You know it’s going to be a heck load of fun.
But how do you get here?
Do you A) start practising at least one time per hour, challenge yourself as to how many cubes can be fit into your mouth while still having the ability to say fluffy bunny 😉 and then book yourself into a local chocolate eating contest?
Or do you B) go online and change your name to ‘World’s Best Chocolate Eater’?
See the difference?
A is a set of skills.
B is a name.
And for almost all probiotic skincare which exists as I’m writing this now, B is the box.
Because yes, probiotics are live bacteria.
And most skincare cannot currently contain live bacteria (but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t work – I’m explaining I promise).
Live bacteria can eat up nutrients in your skincare, they’ll breed and then the skincare you’ve brought will change. They’ll be more bacteria in the mix and there might even be some bad eggs in the bunch too.
Bacteria love to grow in skincare and so most skincare products you will ever buy also contain preservatives.
It stops bad bacteria munching up your skincare.
Probiotic skincare like the Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer does not contain live bacteria.
What probiotic skincare like Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer does contain is ‘exploded’ dead bacteria. Or if we’re being polite about it, disintegrated bacteria.
Psst – this is technically called a lysate.
And that’s the name you’ll find on the ingredients list.
The type of bacteria + lysate.
In Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer the exploded dead bacteria get the name Lactococcus Ferment Lysate.
The skincare itself does not contain probiotics however it does contain exploded, dead probiotic bacteria.
What is probiotic skincare? Most probiotic skincare is skincare which contains disintegrated and therefore technically dead probiotic bacteria. Most probiotic skincare does not contain live probiotic bacteria like supplements do, however, this doesn’t mean probiotic skincare cannot work.
Are Probiotics Good For Your Face?
What can they do? What can they do? What can they do?
So we now know probiotic skincare like Biossance Probiotic Gel Moisturiser does not contain live probiotic bacteria but instead exploded dead probiotic bacteria.
It contains the DNA of probiotic bacteria.
Their cell walls.
The cytoplasm which cushions their insides.
And all the bits and pieces they poop out.
Now’s where things get super interesting.
What bacteria poop out could be the reason why probiotic skincare works. Why probiotics can be good for your face.
Quick road trip.
Say you have acne. Certain strains of acne bacteria living on your skin can contain or poop out proteins which your skin hyper reacts to.
This hyper reaction is called inflammation. Just like what happens when you get whacked by a flying chocolate bar.
Inflammation is the reason you see acne on your skin.
So we now know some bacteria can contain/poop out actives which trigger inflammation.
This is exactly like what happens in your gut.
Bad bacteria eat off the foods you’re consuming and make nasty toxins your body doesn’t like.
But hold up – no part of your skin’s microbiome is complete without good cop vs. bad cop.
Good bacteria in your gut are doing the opposite. They’re feeding off what you’re eating and are making yummy nutrients your body loves.
Probiotic skincare like the Biossance Gel Moisturiser does not deliver your skin live bacteria but is instead delivering your skin the yummy nutrients those bacteria make.
Instead of your gut giving the probiotics you swallow food to eat, the probiotics in the Biossance Gel Moisturiser have already been fed and then made dead.
See how this might work towards probiotics improving your skin health?
The specific type of probiotic bacteria used in Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer has been studied to;
- Help skin regenerate and renew itself at an accelerated speed – aka be anti-ageing
- Repair and strengthen your skin – this can be exponentially anti-ageing and skin health improving
- Help restore skin’s natural health and balance – aka your microflora
- Help your skin resist attack by bad bacteria which can be a huge trigger for eczema and acne – more about this soon
Are probiotics good for your face? Yes, the right probiotic skincare can provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to be healthier, stronger and more resilient. Instead of treating symptoms of poor skin health, probiotic skincare boosts your skin’s own naturally defensive and protective biology. It’s shield strengthening.
Is Probiotic Skincare Good for Eczema?
Lorna and Vicky gave a shout out to this question;
> Is probiotic skincare good for eczema prone &/or sensitive skin?
> Would it help to reduce the Staph infection that is supposed to contribute to atopic eczema?
Eczema and sensitive skin have 2 things in common;
- Your skin barrier aka your skin shield is reduced/not as effective/has holes in it
- Your skin’s immune function is being hyperactivated
And #1 feeds #2 because if your skin cannot shield itself, irritating external bits like pollution particles and allergens don’t even have to knock at your skin door, they get instant access, they’re absorbing in straight away.
Have you already guessed how probiotic skincare containing Lactococcus Ferment Lysate could help?
You are so savvy.
Probiotic skincare containing Lactococcus Ferment Lysate has been shown to help boost skin’s barrier function aka your skin shield.
If your skin has a healthier shield. Symptoms of eczema and sensitivity will naturally decrease.
And boom – there’s a second benefit here too. Probiotic skincare containing Lactococcus Ferment Lysate can boost your skin’s own production of antimicrobial peptides. This helps electrify your skin shield against the millions of other bacteria planets your skin comes into contact with today, tomorrow and forever on out.
Psst – important disclaimer – there are often other aggravating factors for sensitive skin and eczema – you can only heal your skin when identifying all aggravating factors. This is what I deep dive into with all my SkinCoachees. For example, if you’re using an irritating face wash or even eating a food you’re allergic to. To heal sensitive skin or eczema-prone skin you need all bases covering.
So beware of this when buying new skincare with potential to help heal your sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
It can be like taking a pain killer for a dehydration headache but not drinking any water.
Is Probiotic Skincare Good for Eczema? Part 2.
Exactly like Carolyn pointed out.
Take a peek at these boss actives;
- Allantoin – also an FDA registered skin protectant
- Squalane – a natural and major component of your skin’s protective oil-based coating
- Bisabolol – the active responsible for chamomiles soothing reputation
- Linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid your skin needs but can’t make, without it your skin gets dry, flaky, scaly and dehydrated easily aka your skin barrier strength is reduced
- Phospholipids – anti-inflammatory and skin-strengthening/accelerates skin barrier repair
So, bottom line; is probiotic skincare good for eczema-prone skin? Can probiotic skincare help prevent the staph infection that is linked to a worsening of eczema and acne symptoms? The answers. Yes and yes. Yes because probiotic skincare can help strengthen your skin barrier and double yes because probiotic skincare containing Lactococcus Ferment Lysate can also help boost your skin’s antimicrobial defences. Pretty awesomesauce eh.
Can Probiotics Help With Wrinkles?
And a bonus extra. Can probiotics help with wrinkles? Is probiotic skincare anti-ageing?
I have big love for this question because it speaks to an utterly overlooked way to anti-age your skin. Not by using the world’s strongest antioxidants alive but instead by making sure your skin health is tip-top 😉
Which can be ridiculously important.
Imagine being in a house with a holey roof. You’ve just painted the walls a super shade of sky dusk blue. And you want the colour to last. Not to flake. Not to wrinkle. Not to fade. So you make sure you select the paint with added antioxidants, UV protecting actives and more.
You admire your seamless paint job as a spark of lightning bolts to the ground and a rumble of thunder shakes your heart. The rain starts pouring and your roof is leaking. Yikes.
While your walls are protected against ageing oxidants there’s a leaky roof shield on top. Rain comes pouring in, down your walls and that dusky sky blue wall turns into a river at your feet.
Moral of the story. If your skin shield isn’t tip-top, your skin will be pro-ageing at speed.
So yes, probiotics can definitely help defend your skin against wrinkles. In an importantly overlooked way. But p.s. you’ll also want to support a probiotic moisturiser like the Biossance probiotic gel with other extremely well-proven anti-ageing actives – get the inside look at 5 of the best with my free 5 best anti-ageing actives cheatsheet – just click here or below to download your copy now.
Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer Review
Final, final question. Would I recommend you buy the Biossance squalane and probiotic gel moisturizer?
My friend, did you see that list of actives up above? Biossance has plunged some fantastic ones into their gel moisturiser. Linoleic acid gets a massive thumbs up from me in particular, and that’s because it’s skin-identical.
Your skin has it.
Your skin needs it.
But your skin can’t make it.
Deficiency can be a massive contributor to poor skin health.
Plus there’s allantoin – the FDA registered skin protectant.
Plus bisabolol a super soother known to be anti-inflammatory and redness reducing.
You’ve guessed my answer already eh. It’s a big, bouncing yes. Yes, Biossance squalane and probiotic gel moisturizer is absolutely worth trying out for skin which is;
- Eczema prone
- Redness prone
- Dehydrated and dull
- Dry and flaky
- Age concerned
Now tell me, is the Biossance probiotic gel making your must-try-next list? And please, please do, use that big green sharing button below to share this probiotic skincare expose with a best bud in need of skin help right now, save them from pot luck skincare and convert them into an ingredient hound 😉
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.