You know your face better than anyone; you know what breaks you out, dries you out, and what causes irritation. You know when to wash your face, how to wash your face, and most importantly, which products to steer away from. The biggest question out there for most of us then is: which product can we use? We all have long lists of what doesn’t work, but most of us struggle to find what does…. until now, anyway.
A recent study show that topical probiotics can actually rid your face of bad bacteria — the bacteria that causes acne. “Results show that lactobacillus extract was effective in reducing skin erythema, repairing skin barrier, and reducing skin microflora, thereby exhibiting an effective reduction in acne lesion size.” Translation? Applying probiotics containing lactobacillus can help reduce redness and irritation. In addition, it can repair skin’s texture and reduce the size of existing acne lesions. Interested? There’s more.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, early research shows an encouraging link between probiotic use and clearer skin in acne and rosacea patients. Topically applied probiotics work in three ways:
- In patients with acne and rosacea, living microorganisms on the skin are recognized as foreign by the body’s immune system. The immune system springs into action to counter this potential threat resulting in the inflammation, redness, or bumps common in these skin conditions.
- Probiotics applied topically sit on the skin’s surface and prevent the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause this immune system response. This is known as “bacterial interference,” as probiotics protect the skin and interfere with the ability of bad bugs (or bacteria and parasites) to provoke an immune reaction.
- Sometimes the substances produced by probiotics have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can create holes in bad bacteria and kill them. Similar to the way antibiotics work in the treatment of acne and rosacea, probiotics can help fight harmful bugs from triggering inflammation.
- Researchers now are testing probiotics to determine which ones make the substances that can kill bad bacteria.
- When certain types of probiotics are placed in contact with skin cells, they calm the parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of bad bacteria that they see as a threat.
Are you ready to try a probiotic face mask? Here’s what you will need!
Cooling Probiotic Face Mask
1 TSP of coconut oil (or another carrier oil, if allergic to coconut)
1 TSP of SCD Essential Probiotics
1-4 drops of peppermint essential oil**
1-3 drops of rose essential oil (OPTIONAL)
- Mix ingredients and apply directly to a clean face.
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel or cloth.
- Repeat twice a week for a few weeks (until you see results), then lower it to once per week or once every two weeks, depending on how well your skin is responding!
** 1 drop of peppermint = a light fragrance; 2 drops of peppermint = light fragrance, subtle cooling sensation; 3-4 drops of peppermint = strong peppermint fragrance and intense cooling sensation (when using this dosage, avoid proximity to eyes as it is not tear-free!).
Mix it up
Try different essential oil combinations depending on your skin type and olfactory preference. Or try applying this mask to your hands and feet for a cooling sensation that also provides much needed moisture and beneficial microbes.
Like the gut, researchers have found that your skin is populated by diverse colonies of microscopic organisms. This Probiotic Face Mask will provide cooling relief to your face, replenish the skin’s microbiome with good organisms and prevent breakouts associated with dirt and bad bacteria.
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