Banishing Acne with Probiotics
The health-related posting is in FULL swing people. I have really stuck to my resolution of prioritizing happiness, and have been adamant on eating better and taking care of my body.
If I'm being honest, this is no "skincare secret" or "solve all my problems" product/service. People have been using/taking/eating probiotics for forever to help with a number of health related issues. Probiotics help to treat IBS and IBD, they clear up gut viruses, bacteria and parasites (like the one I had after coming back from Cuba... oops), and they help to heal skin conditions like eczema and acne!! And as if that wasn't enough, taking probiotics on a regular basis can also boost your immune system and work to prevent colds and allergies. Seriously, why aren't you adding probiotics into your diet yet?
But what ARE probiotics? They are live bacteria that are good for your health (not like the ones you kill off your hands when you use hand sanitizer..). Your body is actually full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics fall under the good category, and they help to keep your gut healthy!
Something I learned very early on in my skincare journey (also not revolutionary or a secret by any means) is that what you put into your body effects what your body is like on the outside. Naturally, your diet plays a huge part in how your skin looks and feels. One of the reasons I had awful acne for so long was because I wasn't very diligent in eating healthy food. However, even after I cleaned up my diet, I was still breaking out. After doing a TON of research (thank you Renew Life for answering ALL of my questions here), and like I said earlier contracting a stomach bug from Cuba..., my doctor suggested I start supplementing Probiotics into my diet. Don't get me wrong, your girl loves yogurt, but you would have to eat some serious yogurt to get the amount of Probiotics she suggested.
You can get Probiotics in a number of ways, obviously one way is by eating yogurt and other foods that are advertised to be rich in Probiotics. In case you didn't know (or aren't on social media/watch TV), Kombucha is chock full of these health boosting superheroes. And in case you don't know what Kombucha is, check out Tonica Kombucha because they brew all of my fave flavours and are a Canadian brand (HQ is in Toronto!).
Another way to add Probiotics into your diet is by taking them in pill form. You can get Probiotics at any health food store, and even some grocery stores! I get mine from Popeyes Supplements (thanks Adrian), but I believe they only have locations in Canada. Do your research and find some Probios nearest you!
In the end, I do believe that my acne has clear up dramatically because of my entire routine, not just because I started taking Probiotics. You have to find out what works best for you. I did notice, however, that whenever I run out of pills that my skin starts to get angry with me, which is why I am attributing part of my skin success to my supplements. Talk to your doctor about Probiotics, find out what form would be the best for you to take, or just eat more yogurt (because I seriously do love yogurt).
Do you take Probiotics or is this all news to you? Let me know what you think in the comments, I always love to hear what people are using for their skin/health care.