Most dermatologists and gastroenterologists will agree there is a connection between gut health and skin health. But, not everyone needs a probiotic supplement—doctors will recommend them to treat many GI issues, but not typically just for general health. However, some supplements are now being developed with specific strains of bacteria that have proven skin-care benefits. And then there are probiotic skin-care products in general (most of which actually contain prebiotics or postbiotics instead; more on that here) that, when combined with other powerful actives, can balance and rejuvenate stressed skin.
To cut through the clutter and confusion, we’ve named 10 of our favorite products that deliver on their claims so you can end your search and spend time on more important things, like watching The Bachelor.
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This blend of salicylic acid and probiotics cleanses skin and treats breakouts in one step to keep complexions calm and clear.
An exclusive Flora Culture blend powers this berry-minty-flavored powder’s ability to reduce digestive discomfort and aid in healing leaky gut.
Mother Dirt AO+ Mist ($49)
Spritz this expert-favorite, refreshing live probiotic spray on twice a day to restore clarity to unbalanced skin—clinical research shows results in four weeks.
Bring dry, unhappy skin back to life with this creamy oil that contains both probiotics and light-reflecting minerals to impart a serious glow.
Mix one scoop of this flavorless powder—it’s packed with 6 billion CFU and prebiotics—with water to support and replenish the healthy microflora in your gut.
Part of SKINSEI’s personalized, prebiotic-infused regimen—take an online quiz to determine the right one for you out of hundreds of thousands of options—this serum reinforces the skin barrier and takes down inflammation.
The powerful dose of probiotics mixed with scientifically proven anti-aging botanicals in this lightweight serum help activate and boost skin’s natural repair process so wrinkles soften, elasticity improves and breakouts subside over time.
When you’re craving sweets in the middle of the day or late at night, grab one of these peachy gummies instead—they taste like candy but have less than 1 gram of sugar. The blend of 500 million Bacillus Coagulans (“good” bacteria) with prebiotic fiber give the gut the nourishment it needs to thrive.