Probiotics for your healthiest skin ever!

October 9, 2018



I want to let you in on a little secret. Come closer and let me whisper it to you...


You absolutely can have beautiful, healthy, glowing skin at any age if you give your skin what it needs inside and out.


I am not saying you will never develop a wrinkle, but rather that skin health is possible, more than possible. I have personally witnessed the healing and transformation of thousands of people's skins and am continually enthralled by the body’s ability and desire to lean towards health. With understanding, tools and a little dedication, I promise that you, too, can enjoy your healthiest skin ever.


In this post I would like to talk about probiotics, because this topic is so fascinating, and is a relatively new understanding in the area of skin health.


You may have heard that probiotics are good for the gut, but for the skin? The discoveries made by the Human Microbiome Project have made it clear that healthy skin is host to trillions of microbes. [1] These microbes permeate deep into the skin structure and work with your own cells to perform the complex chemistry that keeps your skin radiant. [2]


Stick with me here, I know it sounds a little technical, but you’ll thank me for it later.


Firstly, what is a probiotic? Probiotics are live beneficial microbes. A microbe is a microscopic organism. Probiotics can shift the skin’s ecology to favour a diverse and harmonious ecosystem that is healthy enough to resist attacks from pathogens and to reduce the impacts of ageing on the skin. [3]


Without the right microbial balance in the skin, you may encounter acne, eczema, psoriasis, excessive oiliness or dryness and premature aging.




You may be asking: Exactly how can probiotics improve my skin and how do I know what products to use for this? Supplementing live probiotics in your skincare: [4]

  • Protects the skin against pro-aging microbes by competitive exclusion. Human cells have docking sites for microbes. If all the docking sites are occupied by symbiotic microbes (the goodies), pathogens (the baddies) cannot attach to damage the cell.

  • Produces anti-microbial peptides that shift the ecology to a harmonious balanced state.

  • Improves barrier function by increasing the number and quality of tight junctions in the skin, keeping the moisture in the skin, and keeping toxins out.

  • Hydrates the skin by reducing trans-epidermal water loss.

  • Moisturises the skin by increasing hyaluronic acid production.

  • Slows aging by improving skin elasticity and increasing skin firmness.

  • Reduces inflammation.

  • Detoxes the skin by converting environmental toxins into metabolites that they can excrete.

  • Maintains the perfect skin balance by keeping the pH low, modulating immune function, and boosting the population of other key microbial species.

Calm healthy skin, not only looks better, but also ages slower than skin that is constantly in a state of low-level inflammation. 


The gut microbiome and probiotic supplementation for the gut (through supplements and probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, etc.) also influence skin health, and I believe we need to pay more attention to the products we use on our skin, making sure they are high performing organic products that look after our microbiome.


I have been using Esse Probiotic Skincare for nine years. I first noticed an improvement in my skin within two weeks of using it. My skin became ‘normal’ after struggling with extremely dehydrated and compromised skin for most my life. I use Esse in my studio to perform transformative skin facials and I retail the products because I know from personal experience how effective they are. I have witnessed the transformation of thousands of people's skins by implementing simple dietary and lifestyle changes and strategic Esse product prescriptions.


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  1. Human Microbiome Project Consortium, 2012. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature, 486(7402), pp.207-214.

  2. Nakatsuji, T., Chiang, H.I., Jiang, S.B., Nagarajan, H., Zengler, K. and Gallo, R.L., 2013. The microbiome extends to subepidermal compartments of normal skin. Nature communications, 4, p.1431.

  3. Maguire, M. and Maguire, G., 2017. The role of microbiota, and probiotics and prebiotics in skin health. Archives of dermatological research, 309(6), pp.411-421.

  4. Esse Probiotic Skincare

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