Both inside and outside your body are billions of bacteria that live off different environments, such as your gut or your skin, many of which are not only helpful but necessary for our health. One such bacterium, lactobacillus acidophilus, or simply acidophilus, is a key player in your gut health and also contains skin benefits when applied topically as part of a normal skin care routine. Here’s what’s great about this lesser-known skincare ingredient.
Your Skin’s Microbiome
There are over a trillion bacteria living in and on your skin that help with everything from fighting infections, protecting from environmental stressors and toxins, and regulating pH levels. Acidophilus plays a key role in balancing pH levels specifically, which helps maintain a strong and healthy skin barrier.
Bacteria that provide health benefits when applied or ingested are known as probiotics, and as a potent probiotic, acidophilus has many potential benefits in skincare.
Benefits of Acidophilus
One of the most well-known uses for acidophilus is in preventing or reducing the symptoms of eczema and redness. Some studies have been performed on newborns, who can be especially susceptible to atopic dermatitis, that showed a significant result in treated babies’ likelihood of developing the inflammatory disease.
In addition to potentially helping with reducing inflammation, acidophilus also helps slow the aging process by shutting down enzymes that destroy collagen in the skin. Plus, by helping to maintain a healthy skin barrier, acidophilus ensures your skin retains the moisture it needs to look as plump and youthful as possible.
How to Get Acidophilus in Your Routine
Acidophilus can express its benefits when it’s either ingested in the form of supplements or applied to your skin using products like our Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream. This rich moisturizer is enriched with L. acidophilus and micronized silver for day-long moisture and a radiant appearance. L. Acidophilus can also be found in most fermented foods, including kimchi and sauerkraut.
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