Most consumers have made the connection between probiotics and gut health, but what about probiotics and beauty? Emerging research shows the benefits of probiotics may expand beyond digestive health and into the realm of cosmeceuticals.
Based on new research in its early stages, scientists have found topical probiotics may offer a protective shield to the skin, demonstrate antimicrobial properties and issue a calming effect when put in contact with skin cells, according to an article released by the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Roshini Raj, New York City gastroenterologist and founder of the skincare line TULA, said emerging research holds promise that probiotics could treat acne, rosacea, eczema and aging skin. She also said probiotics can help consumers achieve clearer skin, decrease skin sensitivity and redness, and also improve skin hydration.
“By secreting anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory substances, probiotics form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface that helps to keep the bad bacteria out and protects against inflammation that may trigger or aggravate acne, rosacea or eczema," Raj told INSIDER. “By calming inflammation, probiotics are also effective in targeting wrinkles and skin-aging aggressors."
Though the role of topically applied probiotics for treating acne and various skin conditions still requires further investigation, clinical research published by the British Journal of Dermatology indicates the helpful bugs do play a role in protecting the skin from sun damage when ingested. Researchers found supplementing with the probiotic strain Lactobacillus johnsonii and carotenoids reduced early UV-induced skin damage in a panel of 139 subjects. The authors concluded that probiotics could have “a beneficial influence on the long-term effects of UV exposure, and more specifically, photoaging."
Developing research on probiotics and skin health could lead to exciting opportunities for companies dipping into the cosmeceutical market. Raj advised companies to take a closer look at how health directly affects beauty to fully understand how probiotics can fit into the picture.
“The health of [one’s] skin is very connected to overall health," Raj said. “Companies that want to explore the probiotic market should take the holistic approach to health, as there is no ‘wonder product’ or supplement that will give [consumers] great skin and health if [they] are not living a healthy lifestyle and managing sleep, stress, diet and exercise."
Combining a holistic view of health with an understanding of the ingredient’s research can help companies launch into the growing market of probiotics for skin health and beauty.
Be sure to attend the Ingredient Marketplace TrendsIn segment on probiotics to help guide your product development decisions. The Trends in Probiotics presentation will take place on Thursday, April 9, at 10:30 am. Register at marketplace.supplysideshow.com.