Dr Tiina Meder discusses the use of pre- and probiotics in cosmeceuticals.
Knowing that the skin’s functions are largely performed by a complex of mutually active cells and a live biological conglomerate of microorganisms, we are faced with a necessity to reconsider our treatment of many skin diseases. We may be able to correct skin’s condition by changing the microbiome and actively restoring the balance of microorganisms which make up the skin’s healthy flora.
The use of prebiotics and probiotics in topical formulations has also been applied in dermatology, primarily in the therapy of atopic dermatitis and acne. Encouraging results have been obtained with the use of cream containing the probiotic bifidobacterium longum on patients with increased skin reactivity; researchers noted a pronounced reduction of skin sensitivity and the skin’s increased resistance to physical and chemical aggression.