Probiotics, more commonly known as beneficial microorganisms or “good bugs”, have long ago established themselves in our diets as regulars. Because of their many health promoting activities, probiotics are usually consumed in the form of fermented products such as yoghurt, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha, or as dietary supplements like capsules.
Microbiota or microbiome are well known terms in the scientific community, which depict the complexity of the symbiotic relationship of bacteria and humans.
In reality we are more bacteria than human. There are trillions of bacteria cells in and on our bodies, which is ten times greater than human cells.Over a thousand species are found on our skin alone. Science has shown that some of these beneficial microbes can promote skin health. They help balance the skin’s pH levels, reinforce the natural barrier against bad bacteria, and in some instances even protect against skin cancer.
Research has shown that clean skin is not necessarily healthy skin.
We are constantly reminded to keep our hands clean, to wash off dirt and bacteria. Constant washing of our skin with soaps and other cleansing products causes damage to the “good bacteria “which results in skin sensitization, rosacea flares, breakouts, eczema and psoriasis.
Therefore, the goal of adding probiotics to skincare products is to reintroduce “good bacteria” to the skin.
The mode of action of probiotics is being studied by more and more scientists.
Beneficial effects that probiotic bacteria have on the skin can be assigned to competitiveness with “bad” bacteria and bacteria specific metabolite production. In simple terms, “good bacteria” inhibit the proliferation of “bad bacteria” and restore balance. Furthermore, the “good bacteria” produce various organic acids, polysaccharides and proteins which regulate the normal metabolic processes of the skin (hyaluronic acid production, ceramide synthesis, melanocyte stimulation). In scientific literature these substances are better known as postbiotics. They help our skin stay healthy, hydrated and moisturized thus preventing premature aging.
It is not just the matter of how the bacteria function. It is also a question of which bacteria strains are used in the products.
Many probiotic skincare lines utilize the same probiotic bacteria which are used in oral supplements and this approach is somewhat flawed. At Caeles our team of scientists has worked ardently to identify and isolate specific probiotic strains which inhabit the skin and produce beneficial postbiotics.
We strongly believe that the full potential of probiotic infused skincare products has yet to be realized and are proud of our science-based approach to healthy, vibrant, and beautiful skin.
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