BY LISA WILLIAMS It’s a given that acne is annoying, anytime. But it gets progressively more frustrating and uncomfortable in summer when our smooth-skinned friends are peeling back the make-up layers while we’re left working out how to swim in foundation. Before you punch that poreless friend who repeatedly tells you to “let your skin breath in the summer and your spots will go”, consider these shortcuts to clearer skin. Read More: Is Skin Lifting Without Surgery Possible?
The ultimate guide to fighting acne would usually include using acne products such as a deep cleanser, an astringent toner, pimple creams, and oil-free moisturizers. Doctors will usually include a topical antibiotic preparation into the regime, or start their patients on oral antibiotics. A recent trend in skincare for troubled skin is the use of topical probiotics. Yes, I am referring to applying things like Acidophilus on your skin. In case it doesn’t ring a bell, probiotics contain live bacterial cultures, exactly like those you find in yogurt, or what my 3 year old son likes – Yakult. In fact, people who regularly consume fermented food such as the Japanese natto (really smelly, fermented beans), korean kimchi, kombucha and kefir or those who take probiotic supplements have noted reduction in their acne. The basis for this is that scientists have found that people with healthy, clear skin have antimicrobial peptides that are produced by bacteria which selectively act against acne-causing bacteria. Why Probiotics Are Good For Acne-Prone Skin In Continue Reading