Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More on Probiotics and Skin Health

So in last week's post about the Eminence mask I mentioned that probiotics can have a significant effect on the skin, especially when it comes to inflammation like rosacea, eczema and acne.

As someone who has dealt with both issues in my skin I find this really exciting. Before I became pregnant I was regularly taking a probiotic supplement for about a year... and I happened to have the best skin of my life during that time (other than some hyperpigmentation with is mostly hormonal but can also be affected by inflammation). For a while I attributed it to great products, which I know also have an effect, and some lifestyle changes I had made.

I didn't really think about the connection to the probiotics until I stopped taking them. Like most women, I chose to avoid pretty much all medicines and supplements other than my prenatal vitamins during the first two trimesters. I know that most of my recent breakouts are likely caused by hormones but I can't help but wonder about the effect that stopping my probiotic supplement may have had.

Now that I'm in the third trimester I started taking a basic OTC probiotic supplement again. There's an exciting study out that has shown a possible connection between probiotic consumption during late pregnancy and allergy/eczema prevention in babies.  I did take the product in to my most recent OB appointment so my doctor could check it out and approve it before I started taking it.  Even though I've said it before I'll say it again, please only take medical advice from your doctor.... not from me!

My current supplement of choice.  It contains only
Lactobacillus GG, which is the most studied probiotic
out there. Modeling credit goes to Mojo The Poodle.

I've been doing some research today on probiotics in skin care and wanted to share a couple of interesting links I found with you all.
I'm curious if any of you noticed similar skin benefits from probiotics in your diet. If so, please share in the comment section below.

Happy Hump Day!

Photo: Me 

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