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Did you know that this might be the reason for your skin problems?

and what you can do about it.

The microbiome is a collection of bacteria in our body that affects the health of our stomach and, in turn, affects every other system in the body, including the largest organ, the skin. However, the increased popularity of antibiotics is destroying the good microbes in our bodies. In 2016, 266.1 million antibiotic prescriptions were given out, of which 30% were considered unnecessary. This heedless craze over antibiotics is not very healthy and is bad news for your skin. Research shows that in the skin, bacteria play a large role in atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and similar conditions. 

In addition to antibiotics, common ingredients in personal care products that are used on a daily basis, such as zinc pyrithione in anti-dandruff shampoos and alcohols found in certain toners and similar products, also play a role in killing off the good bacteria in our body. The decrease of these good microbes will create a yeast overgrowth on the skin, which leads to irritating skin conditions. 

Take care of your tummy 

Adapting a fiber-rich diet that has a lot of fermented foods (such as kimchi and kombucha tea) can help increase your gut and skin health. Reducing the intake of high-sugar and processed foods is important. Adding a supplement of probiotics to your diet, which will support the growth of good bacteria in the body, will also help you improve your tummy health. 

Bug out.

Avoid using products that contain zinc pyrithione, which totally destroys all bacteria, and use alternative products with ingredients such as salicylic acid. It is also a good idea to spread some of these bacteria on your face. For example, applying probiotics to your face is as beneficial as taking them internally. Many skin care companies have begun to incorporate bacteria into their products, which has been shown to produce a calming effect that is beneficial in inflammatory conditions such as acne. Topical probiotics are also known to increase ceramide levels that strengthen the skin barrier, which helps treat sensitive skin. 

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