If you’ve watched the hysterical comedy movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding you’ll probably remember the scene when Toula (the bride) wakes up on her wedding day – only to be horrified that she has a giant acne pimple on her face.
Her cousins and sisters attack her with everything from concealor to toothpaste. Her father tells her to “put some Windex on it”. What’s a bride to do? She’s got hair and makeup but the star stealing the show is a larger-than-life acne breakout.
I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before. You’ve got a big event coming up in the next couple of days and you get out your magnifying mirror to start examining your skin as if it’s under police interrogation.
As you complete your examination, you note your skin looks clear. There are no acne breakouts lurking just beneath the surface. Everything seems okay.
The next morning you wake up and you’ve got an acne outbreak.
Is It Possible…Getting Rid of Acne with Probiotics?
There are numerous products and pills flooding the market that promise to instantly give you clear skin – but can they live up to hype?
What if going Greek [as in Greek yogurt] could actually clear up your acne using the powerful probiotics this particular food contains? European, Middle Eastern, and some Asian cultures all agree and already use yogurt as a topical acne treatment.
It’s time to go Greek…
The Secret To Using Probiotics For Getting Rid of Acne Is In the Bacteria
New research studies have found a remarkable bacterium contained in Greek yogurt – and other forms of plain yogurt – that contain a healing chemical which helps reduce inflammation in your skin, kills bacteria, lessens the severity of your latest acne breakout, and even nourishes your skin cells from the inside out.
The acne-fighting benefits come from the bacteria known as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, and sub-species Bifidobacterium bifidum. [Try and pronounce that if you dare.]
Greek yogurt is a fermented food and the bacteria that ferments milk into yogurt creates a by-product known as lactic acid.
It’s the lactic acid that prevents the yogurt from spoiling and makes it similar in chemical properties to a natural antibiotic.
The natural lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that works as an exfoliator to loosen the “glue” holding dead skin cells together and by essentially acting as a mild peel for your skin.
In addition, lactic acid also helps boost collagen and elastin production within the deeper layers of your skin.
How to Use Yogurt to Help Reduce Acne Breakouts
- Don’t wash your face with harsh stripping cleansers. You’ll only aggravate your skin. Be gentle with your skin! Wash it with Cetaphil or other natural product – such as a probiotic soap – then pat your face dry.
- Using a cotton pad, apply the yogurt on your face as an all-over facial mask.
- Let the yogurt mask stay on your skin for at least 30 minutes. Don’t be alarmed when it starts to flake and crack over time.
- Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry.
- Follow-up with a spot treatment on your breakouts using UMF Active Manuka Honey. Use a cotton swab to apply the honey directly to your skin and leave on overnight.
Special note: Look for brands that clearly state UMF with a minimum UMF 15 – this contains a superior level of antibacterial properties.
The least acceptable level of UMF is 10 for therapeutic use. UMF (Active) Manuka Honey contains a special antibacterial property that is a form of hydrogen peroxide (a proven antiseptic).
Going A Step Further With Probiotics For Acne Treatment
Actually eating the yogurt is an excellent way to get the live culture “probiotics” they contain into your body for maximize nutrient absorption.
Dr. Gordon Jung and researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada found that probiotic supplements have been shown to improve cases of mild to moderate acne without the side effects found in oral antibiotics that include upset stomach and blue staining of the teeth.
The research study used 45 female patients between 18-35 with mild to moderate acne. They were assigned a course of probiotic supplements for 12 weeks. The group started to show significant improvement with less breakouts and improvement in facial skin by week four.
The findings confirmed the possibility that probiotics can be a therapeutic treatment option for acne and the effectiveness is increased when used with antibiotics.
If you are taking antibiotics as treatment for acne speak to your health care provider to ensure you don’t experience any interactions with your medication.
When looking at probiotic supplements look for these specific strains: L. casei DN-114001, L. rhamnosus GG, and L. acidophilus NCFM, L. rhamnosus HN001 or L. rhamnosus GG.
Always choose a supplement that is free of preservatives, fillers, binders, gluten, or other allergens.
Acne affects over 60 million Americans, and the American Dermatologist institute reports that only 11% of acne sufferers seek help, 20% have acne severe enough to leave scars, and 40+% will do nothing.
Who would have thought a simple remedy as natural as yogurt could help you in getting rid of acne breakouts easily?
Using Greek yogurt loaded with probiotics to treat and getting rid of acne is not only beneficial and gentle on your skin – if you get some in your mouth, it tastes delicious! If you found this article useful, check out these 7 superfoods that help you get healthy skin naturally.