December 19, 2018

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Taking Probiotics for Acne

Acne, by far, is one of the most common—albeit confusing, frustrating, and all-around mysterious—skin conditions we deal with. It’s highly personal, and even though we’re often prescribed umbrella-like quick fixes in the form of supplements or topical skincare products, there is hardly an effective, one-size-fits-all approach for treating breakouts. That’s not to say probiotic-infused cleansers, salicylic-spiked spot treatments, and certain diets can’t be effective. They most certainly can be! It’s just that acne can be far more complicated and finicky in the quest for improvement than we’d like it to be. Le sigh.

For instance, what works for my hormonal chin and mouth-centric breakouts likely won’t be the best solution for a friend who gets the occasional red angry bump or two. This is why consulting a dermatologist, certified esthetician, or even a registered dietician is paramount. All that is to say we’ve been reading and overhearing more and more chatter in regard to the relationship between skin health and probiotics, with many people saying the addition of probiotics (be it via supplement or skincare) might be the fix for a blemish-prone complexion. But could popping a bacteria-laden pill or switching out our skincare routine with probiotic-enriched formulas really be the answer? Curious and, yes, a little skeptical, we reached out to some of the industry’s best dermatologists and nutritionists to get their professional opinion on the matter. Keep scrolling for what we found out.