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Our guide to probiotics

Why do we care about bacteria?

In recent decades, research on the microbiome has grown, revealing that we host trillions of microorganisms in various parts of our bodies, including the skin. These microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, outnumber the human genes. Instead of fighting them, research has shown that it is beneficial to cooperate with the microorganisms by eating fermented vegetables and prebiotic fibers. Probiotics are live microorganisms found in fermented foods such as sour milk and yogurt and can also be taken in concentrated form through dietary supplements, which usually contain lactobacillus.

Can probiotics be useful for our skin?

Probiotics have shown promising potential for improving the health and appearance of our skin . Several clinical studies have shown that certain probiotics can relieve eczema, acne, and rosacea by limiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Human clinical studies have also supported these findings, with some showing that probiotics can alleviate eczema symptoms within three months of treatment. The mechanism behind these results is believed to be through competition with bad bacteria such as s.aureus and p.acnes. While more studies are needed to fully understand the effects of probiotics on the skin, current research suggests that probiotics may offer a natural, holistic approach to improving skin health and appearance.

Probiotics as anti-aging?

The belief that probiotics offer some magic formula for eternal health and beauty must be taken with a grain of salt. However, there are studies that have shown a reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation in the skin, plus improved barrier function and more hydrated skin as a result of taking probiotics. In another study, which looked at Japanese female students, participants drank probiotic-containing yogurt with Bifidobacterium breve bacteria for four weeks. The results showed more moisture in the skin, an improved absorption of nutrients, an increase in the volume of feces excreted and a reduction in facial wrinkles. At the same time, the secretion of sebum in the skin increased. Researchers from South Korea have also shown in a study that Lactobacillus plantarum can improve skin hydration, give the skin more glow, reduce wrinkles and firmer skin. Although we are only talking about a small number of studies here, these are interesting observations. Additionally, consumption of the probiotic lactic acid bacterium L. paracasei has been shown to reduce skin sensitivity.

Lactobacillus reuteri - the anti-inflammatory guardian

Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic bacteria derived from breast milk and has unique anti-inflammatory properties. 20 years ago the first study was done with L reuteri related to skin health and since then several studies have been published with positive results. Together with the world-leading probiotics company Biogaia, we have studied the effects of L reuteri on skin health and published the results in the prestigious journal Journal of Experimental Dermatology in 2019. The results showed that by applying a product with L Reuteri for 3 weeks on the skin, the participants got a more varied and balanced skin microbiome, while skin texture improved, skin became smoother and pore size decreased. But what also surprised us was that the participants' skin got significantly fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

After five years of research, we have now launched our first product with L reuteri which is part of our product portfolio, a probiotic concentrate. L.reuteri is the most well-studied probiotic bacterium globally with over 224 clinical studies and over 200 worldwide patents. Each bottle contains over 100 billion bacteria, which is more than 25 times more bacteria than other probiotic skin care products on the market. We are proud to be the first to market with a skin care product formulated with L.reuteri and look forward to continuing to improve skin health through our research.

3 reasons to choose Probiotic Concentrate with Lactobacillus reuteri

  • Balance your skin flora: The probiotic reuteri helps balance the skin flora, leading to healthier and more vital skin.
  • Get a smoother skin texture: In just 3 weeks you can experience a smoother skin texture, fewer pores and smoother skin thanks to probiotic L. reuteri.
  • Strengthen the effect of your skin care: Probiotic L. reuteri strengthens the effect of Skinome's skin care, so you get the most out of your skin care routine.

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