The health benefits of probiotics are well known in the medical community, but did you know that using a probiotic can help get your acne under control and keep your skin clear?

Doctors prescribe probiotics to patients for certain conditions but, if you visit a medical doctor or dermatologist for breakouts, the chances are slim that he or she will recommend this proven approach. Instead, you are more likely to end up with harsh creams or medications that pose the risk for harsh side effects and negative interactions.

Taking a more holistic approach to treating acne – including using beneficial supplements like probiotics – is a great alternative. As your skin problems fade away, you’ll enjoy not just clearer skin but better overall health and well-being.

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics deliver live “good” bacteria into the body.

At any given time, your body contains both good and bad bacteria. When your body is properly balanced, the good bacteria keep the bad strains under control and prevent them from making you sick. But factors like diet, lifestyle and genetics can allow your body to become imbalanced.

Taking probiotics boosts your body’s own ability to maintain that critical balance. This allows you to maintain optimal health and avoid a variety of problems. Although we typically think of probiotics as being used to treat digestive ills, research shows that they are also effective for supporting oral health, preventing colds and allergies, and treating and preventing skin problems.

Probiotics vs. Antibiotics for Acne

A couple of decades ago, doctors automatically prescribed antibiotics for acne treatment. Today, we know better for many reasons, not the least of which is the increasing ineffectiveness of antibiotics due to overuse and not using these medications as prescribed.

Although the theory behind using antibiotics is relevant – antibiotics kill bacteria and bacteria is a major contributor to acne – using these drugs does nothing more than treat the symptoms. Once you stop taking antibiotics, your skin breaks out again because the root cause of the problem hasn’t been addressed.

By using probiotics, you provide your body with more natural abilities to ward off the overgrowth of bacteria that we know can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and pimples. It also helps keep inflammation at bay – another important contributor to acne.

Should You Use Probiotics to Help with Your Acne?

Although most people will benefit from taking these supplements, it’s always recommended to talk to a professional skin expert.

At Skintherapy in Salt Lake City, our estheticians are experts in treating acne by addressing the causes – rather than simply treating the symptoms. After carefully evaluating your skin and talking at length with you about a variety of factors, we might recommend other topical treatments and creams to protect the skin and prevent the overgrowth of bacteria. We may also recommend taking probiotics as a part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Contact us today to learn more about our Salt Lake City acne treatment clinic, or to schedule your personalized consultation appointment.