Lathering your skin with the same stuff you put on top of your breakfast might not seem like the way to get glowing skin but some are hailing it as a beauty breakthrough.
Probiotics – the ‘good’ bacteria found in fermented products including yoghurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut and kombucha – not only does wonders for your digestive system but can help clear problem skin, experts claim.
Research has shown when probiotics are applied to the skin via topical treatments they can help treat a whole raft of skin issues stemming from inflammation.
These include acne, eczema, rosacea, and even skin showing the signs premature ageing has been shown to respond well to probiotic-infused skincare products.
The reason why probiotic products are an effective treatment for problem skin is that it redresses an unbalanced microbiome, explained organic facialist, Tanya Ferguson.
The microbiome is a naturally occurring bacteria that helps your complexion stay clear and glowing.
But modern living, including diet, toxins and skin care products designed to strip dirt from the skin often sees this bacteria unable to do it’s job.
Ms Ferguson said skincare treatments infused with probiotics have been shown to have an effect on skin troubled by inflammation issues because it helps balance the bacteria on the skin.