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September 03, 2013
Category: Inflammation
Tags: acne   Probiotics   Rosacea  

A small number of studies support the intriguing idea that probiotics applied to the skin or ingested may help acne and rosacea. We already know that the proper complement of gut bacteria can help in the normal function of the gut; we also know that gut bacteria can help in many inflammatory conditions of the body. The normal flora of the gut is disturbed by taking antibiotics, and can lead to numerous inflammatory states of the body.  Oral probiotics have been shown to regulate the release of inflammatory cytokines within the skin and improve insulin sensitivity.  Researchers are now focusing on developing topical forms of probiotics for patients with inflammatory conditions of the skin.  This could reduce our dependence on topical and oral antibiotics for these conditions.

Bowe, Whitney P. "probiotics in Acne and Rosacea," Cutis, Volume 92, July 2013, pp 6 - 7

Inflammation and Skin Disease

There is growing evidence for a link between an inflamed intestine and other diseases. With regard to the skin, we see an increased incidence of Crohn's disease in patients with psoriasis, for example. We now believe that inflammation of the gut may be related to skin rashes and possibly chronic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, rosacea, and acne.

Treatment of your skin condition may involve specific measurs to reduce any intestinal inflammation. there is even evidence that an altered bacterial microbiome (the array of bacteria residing in your intestine) may lead to inflammation of the gut, and then inflammation of other body systems. It is possible that restoring a healthy microbiome, for example by probiotic supplements and avoiding unecessary antibiotic treatment, may help with skin diseases.

My practice is geared toward helping my patients achieve healthier skin via a healthier body!

For one of many articles on the subject, see: Science Translational Medicine, July 2013, "Dysbiosis of the Gut Microbiota...."