Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Skincare Basic : Probiotics for Acne?

Hello, lovelies~ What if I told you that there are creatures out there that can aid in your acne problems? As a matter of fact, they don't live that far away. They're inside your stomach, helping you digest your food and keeping a healthy environment in your gut.

They belong to a category called probiotics and one of the few I wanted to introduce in this post is called Lactobacillus acidophillus.

*shakes hand if it has one*

Probiotics are commonly found in fermented drinks and food. Yogurt and sauerkraut are just a few examples of food loaded with beneficial bacteria for our body.

"How does it help with my acne if it's in my stomach?"


Well, the answer to that question is in the theory called brain-gut-skin axis. Sounds complicated? Not really. Take a look at this picture below.

The brain-gut-skin axis theory goes as follow :
1) Stress alone or combined with 2) fatty, non-fibrous diet give 3) effect to the motility and lining of the gut. Microscopically, it causes a 4) loss of microbial bacteria lining the gut wall, which results in 5) increased permeability of the gut.

Increased permeability simply means that it is easier for toxins or harmful bacteria to enter into our body through the already-broken gut wall. In simpler terms, the gut wall has microscopic 'holes', making it easy for bacteria to infect our body

With the damages present in the gut, the 6) level of inflammation and oxidative stress is increased, thus bringing the effect all the way to the skin. Some of the problems that may be encountered by those acne-prone skin types are increased sebum production, acne exacerbations and psychological problems. Well, who wouldn't be stressed out looking at those ginormous acne?

If you're interested in reading further more about this and endotoxemia, you can always check out the 2011 study here. I won't go into much more details here because it may be boring to some of you. :)


Probiotics help to stop the deadly cycle at the gut by lining the damaged gut wall. If there isn't any 'holes' in the gut wall lining, there won't be any inflammation done to the body. Thus, no acne!

Time to experiment

Of course, it needs further studies with more participants, but I decided to try it for myself. I got my probiotics from a supplement store and tried it out for a whole month. I didn't drink those commercial-drinks-laden-with probiotics because it's mostly sugar. During this time, I tried out a number of new skincare and makeup alongside the oral probiotic regimen.

After a month, I experienced less breakouts (even during my period) and it seemed to also fix my digestion problems. there was only one single acne on my chin during my period and that means a lot! I usually would've broken out around my jaw line.

Overall, despite the lack of evidence and studies to back this claim, I'm ecstatic that it worked wonders for my skin. I have yet to try topical probiotics, the one applied onto the skin directly, but I think the skincare industry will be bringing those types of cream in the future. Probably.

Are you interested in trying out probiotics as a supplement to aid in acne? Let me know your responses in the comment below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~ ^_^ 

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  1. May I know the brand of probiotic supplement that is used?
    Thanks a lot :)

  2. mengerikan ya dampak stress itu
    kemarin sy juga sempat terkena gatal2
    tmn2 sy bilang mungkin krn stress krn mendadak
    skrg masi suka kambuh kalau sedang byk tekanan T_T

    1. Iya, efeknya ke tubuh ningkatin cortisol juga yang bisa nyebabin stroke kalo kebanyakan.. >.< Makanya mesti belajar meditasi nih biar ga gampang stress