Researchers have found that probiotics can be an effective alternative to antibiotics for the treatment of acne that are often caused by chronic inflammation. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of healthy bacteria (probiotics) in the intestine. Naturally, one can get prebiotics from certain whole grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables.
Chronic inflammation refers to a prolonged inflammatory response that involves a progressive change in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation.
It is characterized by the simultaneous destruction and repair of tissue by the inflammatory process.
“As a viable microbial dietary supplement, probiotics provide health benefits through studying pathogens and maintaining the microorganisms of the stomach and skin,” said researchers at Rasoul Akram Hospital in Iran.
The current article reviews the potential of probiotics as beneficial microorganisms for the treatment of acne, ”the researchers said.
According to the study, published in Dermatologic Therapy, increased resistance to antibiotics has reduced their effectiveness in treating acne.
For the findings, the research team examined the results of all relevant published studies on the use of probiotics in creams or oral medications to treat acne.
Results suggest that probiotics can help enhance the skin’s natural defenses against acne.
The study’s researchers wrote, “Oral administration of probiotics was found to constitute an adjunct therapy to conventional modalities for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris.”
“Further research is advised, looking at the long-term effects of probiotics on acne lesions, citing short-term types of studies,” said senior author Innocent Mohammadi.