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Antibiotics or Probiotics for Clear Skin and Acne Treatment?

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 11:48 PM

When it comes to treating acne, consuming probiotics with antibiotics can keep the gut in homeostasis and, in effect, keep skin clear.

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria found in the gut. They destroy pathogens and promote healthy digestion and protect the lining of the intestines, protecting the immune system. Antibiotics, on the other hand, destroy bacteria. Unable to differentiate between probiotics and “bad” bacteria, taking antibiotics may eventually do damage to the gut.

According to New York Magazine, the gastrointestinal tract and skin both work to protect the body from toxins and invaders. When the gut’s bacteria is out of balance — as in there is an insufficient amount of healthy flora — the body may become susceptible to inflammation, perhaps causing acne and other skin conditions.

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Since antibiotics kill off bacteria, it can put the gastrointestinal tract out of homeostasis, resulting in such inflammation and infection.

That’s not to say taking antibiotics cannot help the skin, however, according to Prevention. In fact, many dermatologists prescribe antibiotics to patients to destroy the bad bacteria that can cause inflammation, which promotes acne.

New York Magazine recommended those who are taking antibiotics to also consume probiotics in order to keep gut flora in balance and do away with the negative side effect of antibiotics.

Shape said after years of taking antibiotics, however, the body’s systems can become resistant to it and render them less effective. Instead, patients might look into using low-dose versions to prevent acne occurrences and decrease the chances of inflammation from bad bacteria as well as preventing the body from becoming resistant to them.

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Some research has shown the beneficial effects of probiotics on the skin, according to Prevention. In one study, 80 percent of participants with acne experienced clinical improvement.

People can find probiotics in fermented foods, some dairy products, and supplements. More recently, there’s even been a movement toward applying probiotics topically through creams, lotions, and other products, Prevention reported.

Live Science noted that more research
is needed on the effects of probiotics on acne and skin conditions, especially when applied topically.

There are several different kinds of strains of probiotics, and some might work better depending on the patient. New York Magazine suggested looking for a source that has “live, active cultures” on its label, especially for yogurt, and one that is antibiotics-free.

Bone Fide Skin Care pointed out probiotics supplements with lactobacillus acidophilus and bifido bacterium as being effective when it comes to clearing the skin.

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