We talked to a microbiologist about whether probiotics have a true effect on skin
You’d have to be living under a rock to not have at least heard of caught wind of the growing trend of probiotics. While probiotics themselves have existed for a long time, the recent cultural obsession with the health benefits of probiotics has been everywhere. Whether we’re reading about how probiotics will improve skin, or how they help keep our vaginas healthy, the health claims surround probiotic have reached superfood levels.
So, in order to get to the bottom of what probiotics actually do and how they function in our bodies, HelloGiggles spoke with the Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan who’s performed clinical research on different strains of probiotics.
To kick it off, he explained what probiotics are supposed to do:
He went on to describe the ways in which filling our gut with good bacteria can affect how we look. “Bacterial genes affect 99% of our makeup and hereditary genes only affect 1%, so 99% of who and what we are comes from our bacterial makeup. So persistent skin issues like acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, all of that stuff is a reflection of what’s happening in the gut.”
After confirming that your skin reflects your gut, he also gave us the good news that probiotics repopulate our gut fast:
He also told us about how a healthy gut produces the essential Vitamin K2-7, and how it effects the appearance of our skin. He said,
One point that Krishnan made sure to emphasize, was how much easier it is for skin to improve through digestion vs. topical treatments.
One of the most fascinating discoveries Krishnan shared was that our body has the ability to create its own antioxidants when our gut is healthy. He said,
So, given all of the knowledge Krishnan has about the science of probiotics, and why’re so important, we asked if he has any specific types or brands he recommends. Here’s what he dished:
He even went on to explain how taking Just Thrive Probiotics has positively affected his patients.