After years of relentlessly washing, cleansing, and purifying skin in virtuous hopes of a bright, clear complexion, the key to healthier skin may lie in the microorganisms we most often associate with disease and grime: bacteria. Just like in our guts, the skin is full of bacterial subpopulations. And, some researchers believe that while "bad" bacteria on the skin can dominate and trigger breakouts and inflammation, strains of "good" bacteria may protect the skin and clear the way for better health. Forget clinically clean skin - the ticket to a beaming complexion may be in a harmonious, balanced bacterial population on the skin, achieved with probiotics.
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According the American Academy of Dermatology, the good bacteria delivered by probiotics in skin care may help thwart acne and rosacea. When the immune system identifies parasites and bad bacteria on the skin as a foreign threat, it