The science of topical probiotics begins with the science of the skin. There are four essential definitions you need to understand right from the start.
Microbiome: Microbes that live in a distinct environment. In the gut, microbiome is the entire collection of microorganisms and similarly, the skin microbiome is simply all the organisms present on the skin.
Microbiota: controls the (bad bacteria) colonization of potentially pathogenic organisms. It also adjusts the skin's immune response, skin barrier function and is integral for skin health.
Probiotics: Living microorganisms that can provide healthy benefits to the skin when used orally or topically.
Prebiotics: Act as food for the probiotics and can promote the growth of both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms. Think of them as a type of "fertilizer" for the microbiome.
An imbalanced microbiome is associated with many skin diseases, including psoriasis, allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections, rosacea, and accelerated skin aging.
"Beauty bugs" (good bacteria) have been shown to act as a natural protective shield against "bad bugs". When the microbiome is not balanced, the immune system can release various antimicrobial peptides and bring harmony back to the skin. With all this talk of bacteria and bugs, you may be asking:
Let's start with cleansing. You know that dry tight feeling after you wash your face? That is usually caused by high pH products (8.0 and above). This include soaps, antibacterial face washes and harsh skin cleansers. Our skin's microbiome prefers a pH of about 5. This more acidic pH allows for a healthy microbiome to thrive.
For years we have been hearing about the use of probiotics for "gut" health, well Dr. Whitney Bowe, an internationally renowned Dermatologist discusses in her book "The Beauty of Dirty Skin", how probiotics used topically can mimic the actions of naturally occurring bacteria on your skin in three ways:
- They act as a protective shield with calming effects
- They provide ammunition against bad bacteria
- They boost skin's innate functionality, reducing inflammation, which in turn helps limit flare-ups of skin and help prevent pre-mature aging. She also says, "When it comes to overall skin health, probiotics, whether oral or topical are in your favor.”
- Support the healthy bacteria on the skin's surface
- Reduce the bad (pathogenic) bacteria on the skin's surface
- Defend against harmful bacteria and pollutants
- Balance pH of the skin
- Strengthen barrier integrity
- Increase and preserve hydration
- Reduce skin redness
- Calm irritated skin
- Stimulate key proteins like collagen and elastin
- Plump up skin volume, fine lines and wrinkles
- Increase the skin's defense mechanism
- Stimulates skin repair and renewing capability
How does the "Beauty Bug" Work?
Probiotics act as a protective shield and strengthen the skin's ability to repair itself. They help to optimize the skin's functionality to help support collagen and elastin, reduce inflammation, help prevent aging, reduce breakouts and balance skin.
Where do GLOWBIOTICS probiotics come from?
GLOWBIOTICS uses proprietary Probiotic Derived Bioactives (PDBs) which are healthy non-living probiotic fragments derived from the most beneficial bacteria and are put through a fermentation process.
WHAT STRAINS OF PROBIOTICS DOES GLOWBIOTICS USE?
Bonicel (Bacillus Ferment), Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus/Saccharomyces/Rice/Sucrose Ferment Filtrate , are the different strains of probiotics found in GLOWBIOTICS products.
Do the products need to be refrigerated?
Because the probiotics (PDBs) are non-living,refrigeration is not needed.
What are PREBIOTICS?
Prebiotics nourish and feed the probiotics, so your skin can produce more good bacteria. GLOWBIOTICS uses beta glucan, as one of our primary prebiotic ingredients.
- Boosting immune system
- Preventing and treating urinary tract infections
- Improving digestive function
- Healing inflammatory conditions
- Fighting food-borne illnesses
- Reduce diarrhea associated with antibiotic therapy
- Help reduce the risk of certain acute common infectious diseases
- Improve tolerance to lactose
- Source: www.usprobiotics.org