Your skin – the largest organ of the human body, is home to trillions of microorganisms. These microbes are found on the surface of our skin. Scientists explain that there are generally two types of microbiota: Commensal (normal) and Pathogenic (disease-causing). The healthy, good bacteria (commensal) are what promote the skin’s immunity against pathogenic growth.
Your skin microbiome can be compromised due to factors such as stress, environmental pollution, poor eating habits, lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, the harsh use of chemicals in skin care products, sun exposure and the use of oral or topical antibiotics. This is referred to as dysbiosis: when your microbiome is disrupted. Skin concerns and diseases such as inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and hives to name a few, can be indicative of a compromised and disturbed gut microbiome.
The good news is that you can nourish your microbiota and in turn, reverse the effects of a compromised gut microbiome with the use of Probiotics. Ancient health has always believed in the promising power of Probiotics in not just skin health but our overall wellbeing and now, there is growing evidence to support this idea.
“Probiotics support the body’s natural defenses, starting in the digestive tract by naturally restoring the balance of “good” beneficial bacteria in the gut,” says Cath Clark, founder of The Harvest Table.