Nowadays, people are familiar with probiotic due to its well-known benefits on our digestive health. But do you know that the functions of probiotics vary widely?
In human body, probiotics are not just found in gut and colon, but also grown around the skin, mouth, throat and vagina. The only non-colonized areas are blood, body fluids, tissues, internal organs, lower respiratory tract and upper urinary tract. It is estimated about trillions of probiotics surrounding our body and different species function at specific sites.
Hence, skin microbiota play an important role in healthy skin growth and atopic dermatitis management. Atopic dermatitis, or commonly known as eczema, is a chronic skin disorder marked by flare-ups of itchy, dry, rough, cracked and red patches of skin. These symptoms usually appear on the arms, legs, hands and face. Atopic dermatitis is more prevalent among the children and the effects can persist into adulthood.
There are various factors leading to the incidence of atopic dermatitis. One of the key factors is composition of skin microbiota. Skin is a physical and chemical barrier between outside environment and the tissue inside the body. It functions as temperature regulator, immunity activator and site of microorganisms’ colonization. When normal skin microbiota is affected, immune system turns weaker and thus promoting the overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
Although atopic dermatitis is incurable, there are some practices to help minimize the duration and recurrence of symptoms. Firstly, try to avoid taking any food substances like nuts, eggs, milk and wheat that can trigger the allergic reaction in your body. Additionally, regular moisturizing after shower may improve the condition. Instead of using chemicals, natural products would be more suitable to be applied to the skin. As the severity of atopic dermatitis is associated with the skin microbiota diversity, replenish beneficial microbes through supplementation of probiotics is recommended as well.
The benefits of probiotics on atopic dermatitis condition have been revealed in numerous research studies. For example, 2 months supplementation of Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 helps to reduce the SCORAD (Scoring Atopic Dermatitis) score of patients.1 Besides, Weston et al. (2005) showed an improvement in severity of atopic dermatitis with the probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum PCC intake after 8 weeks.2
BiO-LiFE MultiStrain PROBIOtix contains 5 scientifically documented probiotic strains namely Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12, Lactobacillus fermentum PCC, Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5, Lactobacillus paracasei 431 and Bifidobacterium longum BB-46, which have been clinically proven to relieve atopic dermatitis condition with no adverse reaction. These probiotic strains exhibit anti-microbial activity and serve as an immunity modulator to reduce the symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis.
The health of your skin can be closely related to the microbial diversity of your gut. Start to opt for the probiotics to maintain skin health and support skin immunity.