How To Use Probiotics For Rosacea Treatment
16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, and acne like skin condition which quite often hampers an individual’s self image too. Conventionally antibiotics and topical creams are used to manage this skin condition, but of late the use of probiotics for rosacea is becoming quite popular. This form of alternative medicine has already been found to be effective in treating other skin conditions like acne and eczema, has shown promising results when it comes to management of rosacea.
How To Treat Rosacea with Probiotics
Rosacea, if left untreated leads to redness, inflammation, small bumps like acne, and lastly permanent skin damage. Probiotics play a very important role in restoring gut microflora by increasing the number of ‘good’ microbes in the intestine. Healthier intestine improves the body immunity and reduce pro-inflammatory molecules in the body resulting in reduced inflammation.
Probiotics also help in maintenance of acid base balance of the gastrointestinal system, as the beneficial bacteria produce short chain fatty acids rendering the environment inhospitable for microbes like Helicobacter pylori that have been linked closely with rosacea occurrence.
How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Rosacea
- Probiotics are effective only if the supplements taken contain a minimum of 10 billion live bacteria, these bacteria/ microbes can be a combination of 2 to 3 types of bacteria. Effectiveness of therapy depends on the type and dosage of probiotic used, and if any prebiotic has been used to enhance the probiotic action.
- The best probiotics are ones that contain active cultures. Food Labels should be read carefully to find out exactly which microbe is present in the product and check for the expiry date before consumption.
- Probiotics can be consumed internally in the form of dairy products like kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt. Vegans can choose from an assortment of products made from soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes. Pickled vegetables (Raw kim chi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, tempeh, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings are excellent probiotics.
- Probiotics products can also be used topically.
- Probiotics work best when prebiotics are used as an adjunct.
Best Probiotics for Rosacea
Kefir is one of the best probiotic that can be used in the management of this skin disorder.
Some probiotic products available in the market are Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, ThreeLac, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.
Things to Remember While Using Probiotic Therapy
Probiotics are unusually can be consumed safely by all, but in people who have compromised immunity should avoid or use probiotics only under medical supervision.
The treatment of any skin condition is incomplete without improvement in lifestyle, particularly diet, exercise, skin hygiene, and bowel habits. Read more about foods to avoid to improve rosacea in our article.
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