Probiotics taken internally or applied as a topical cream help heal inflammation and treat acne because the digestive system and the skin are closely related. If the digestive system is inflamed, the skin can also become inflamed, resulting in conditions such as acne and rashes.
- Choose the right probiotic
Purchase probiotics made for internal consumption. Probiotic supplements are available in capsule and liquid form and are located in the vitamin department of grocery, health food and supplement stores. Choose a probiotic that contains at least 1 billion bacteria and includes L. Acidophilus and B. Bifidum bacteria strains. To enhance probiotic intake, consume foods such as Greek yogurt and Kefir in addition to taking a probiotic supplement.
- Take probiotics daily
To obtain optimum results, you must take probiotics daily. The directions on each brand of probiotic vary, so always read the instructions. In general, most probiotics require taking 1 or 2 capsules once or twice daily.
- Monitor your progress
Improvements are gradual and can be difficult to notice when beginning probiotic treatment. Monitor your progress by snapping a photo every few days. If there is no noticeable improvement within three weeks, speak to a dermatologist about using a topical probiotic cream.