Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-68 Feb 2017 Contents AESTHETICS
To thoroughly treat
problematic skin conditions,
you have to heal the gut
and promote healthy levels
of probiotics, inside and out.
Matoyla Kollaras* explains.
he skin is our largest organ and, as
such, an indicator of our overall level
of health and wellbeing, often offering
a window to what is going on inside.
Researchers as far back as 1930
suspected a link between gut and skin
health but recent epidemiological ev idence
clearly shows an association between gut
problems and skin disorders.
Skin manifestations caused by certain
gastrointestinal diseases such as coeliac,
Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis have long been
reported, however deficient and diseased
gut function is also starting to be recognised
for some of our primary dermatological
disorders such as acne, rosacea, atopic
dermatitis, and psoriasis.
What is even more compelling is the
potential relationship between gut balance
and prevention of prematurely aged skin.
As aestheticians, we need to look beyond
the surface to discover what is really going
on with diseased and ageing skin, and so
treat it both thoroughly and correctly.
Bacteria is often thought of something
that causes disease but our bodies are
full of bacteria, both good and bad. What
we need to do is ensure that there is a
Probiotics are the “good guys” – live
bacteria and yeast that are beneficial
to health, especially the digestive
system. Moreover, probiotics have
been proven to perform an extremely
advantageous role in skin heath, such
as reconstructing atopic dermatitis,
promoting the healing of scars and burns,
rejuvenating the skin and strengthening its
Supplementing acne sufferers with
probiotics, particularly lactobacillus
acidophilus and the yeast saccharomyces
cerevisiae, will often improve their condition.
The beneficial effect of probiotics
on skin may explain why pasteurised,
unfermented dairy such as regular milk is
associated with acne, but fermented dairy
such as yoghurt and kefir is not.
Oral probiotics have also shown to
improve eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
Skin is literally crawling with bacteria.
This might sound disgusting, but it is vital
for healthy skin.
There are about 100 million microbes
(bacteria, fungi and viruses) that live on
and in the human body.
Gut bacteria elevates the immune system,
which benefits all organs of the body,
including the skin.
Understanding the interplay between
this gut-skin axis for skin disease and ageing
has ser ved as a new avenue for developing
novel therapeutic strategies, most notably
Currently, experts are assessing whether
topical products that have probiotic content
are more efficient for skin health than oral
probiotics. Researchers have recommended
that probiotics can benefit skin not only
through the digestive tract, but also when
given in topical applications such as
creams or lotions, the. impact of bacteria has
Therefore, one sa fely can conclude
that for a successful outcome of treating
skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and
eczema, aestheticians need to take a holistic
approach to treatment.
“Both [internal and external
application] have been shown to affect
the skin in a significant way; for anti-
ageing, and also to help with chronic skin
conditions,” says Dr Whitney Bowe, a New
York dermatologist who has published key
studies in support of this.
Dr Bowe says her patients have seen
results just by applying plain Greek yoghurt
on their faces twice a week.
And while those with acne-prone skin
will benefit especially, she says that people
with any kind of skin type or condition can
see good results."
A NEW FRONTIER IN
While a DI Y approach as recommended by
Dr Bowe is all well and good, many beauty
brands are quite aware that probiotics
are a serious breakthrough in skin health
and ageing science, and thus a variety of
probiotic- containing products are making
their way to market.
Probiotic bioactive agents prov ide DNA
and cell membrane protection, reduce
skin vulnerability, heal stress-induced
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