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Most of us are familiar with probiotics and the role they play in the health of our guts. Found in foods such as [Link Removed] , as well as potentially providing anti-aging benefits to the skin.

The surface of the skin is home to an abundance of bacteria, some good and others not so good.  When the bad bacteria are allowed to flourish unchecked and feed off dead skin cells and excess oil, the skin becomes irritated, triggering an immune system response: inflammation.  The theory is that probiotics applied topically may prevent the body from identifying the bad bacteria as a threat while simultaneously calming the skin enough to prevent the immune system from going into "fight" mode.

Inflammation can also contribute to [Link Removed]  and leading to the deterioration of healthy cells and the breakdown of collagen.  Probiotics in skin care is certainly still in the early stages of research and haven't yet created the buzz that, say, BB and CC creams have, but the theory behind it seems to make sense on paper at least. Studies hope to establish how topically applied probiotics can help the skin retain moisture as well as stimulate the body's own ability to produce collagen.  However, with so many different types of probiotics, much work still needs to be done to narrow down which ones will best benefit the skin.

Until then, there's nothing stopping you from applying a traditional DIY yogurt mask of two tablespoons of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Relax for 20 minutes while the mask does its work.  The lactic acid will help exfoliate, leaving your skin soft and smooth.  The 20 minutes of rest can't hurt either.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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