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Anyone experimented with probiotic face masks?

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Created November 30, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Maybe it is desperation, but I feel like there must be something to restoring beneficial bacteria to your skin via "live" masks. Going to try it out with goat kefir later this week but I am wondering if anyone else has tried yogurt / kefir / any other ferments topically and noticed a difference for skin texture, acne, rosacea, other skin ailments? If so, what did you use specifically? Any negative reactions for people who are mildly lactose intolerant?

I'll post back if anything miraculous happens, though I doubt it at this point.

As a side note, I have tried actually eating the probiotics in all forms and every imaginable dietary hack, face cleansing method, non-cleansing method, blah blah.

Edit: Okay, definitely seeing improved skin texture after two days and it seems like my acne is healing faster than it normally would. Going to stick with this for about a week.

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I do eat liver and oysters. I notice that my tongue is smooth and pink after eating oysters (weird, I know), but that is about the only difference I notice. Nevertheless, I will keep eating them! I keep hoping one day it will kick in...

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Awesome answer! Thanks for the thoughtful response and helpful information.

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at 04:44 AM

Definitely let us know! I'm interested to hear. I've never thought of that, but there can't be too much harm in putting plain organic yogurt on your face, right? I dont think it'll work by itself though. My acne didn't calm down until I got off hormonal birth control and worked on my diet.

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on December 02, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I have used a mask made of home-made raw full-fat yoghurt, turmeric powder and raw manuka honey. It's great for inflamed skin (I make it thicker for a spot treatment mask, or thinner for an all over mask). Be aware however, of turmeric's potential for staining (clothes/you/loved ones) and just be careful and onto it about whole the procedure. The fat component of the yoghurt actually stops the turmeric staining your skin too much, and even if it does a little, it wears off quite quickly and the results it gives may be worth the slight inconvenience - your call.

Yoghurt by its self or yoghurt and honey also work nicely as a general all purpose refreshing or healing mask without the staining risk, though without the turmeric it is slightly less anti-inflammatory. The lactic acid in the yoghurt works like a gentle alpha-hydroxy acid effect. The milk fats are soothing and moisturizing. Honey (depending on the type) has enzymes (if raw), antimicrobial effect (especially raw/wild and/or manuka) and humectant qualities. Plus, if it gets in your mouth accidentally, no worries. Nom it up, just like your skin will.

Having said all that, it's not a magic bullet. (And some people who are super sensitive to dairy may react to it even topically, so I'd do an overnight "blob on the wrist under a sticky-plaster" test for a reaction first, if you're worried about that).

One other tip I would share for healing up current/previous breakouts, is a spot treatment of a mixture of 1tsp of the most active manuka honey you can find, plus some drops of propolis tincture. I have experienced really fast healing with this. Just don't go to sleep with it on if you value your pillowcases. Propolis tincture alone dotted on spots also works great and doesn't come off on pillows, and could be a good night treatment if you have the time to wash it off carefully the next morning, as it's not super soluble in water. Honey and rice flour mixed together is what I use to remove it (and to wash my face generally), but certainly have a play and see what works for you. (It's nice to find a use for the rice flour I had lying round the pantry going primal/paleo.)

Check out the blog of CrunchyBetty for fairly paleo-friendly, food-based skin care ideas. She's why I now wash my face with honey (raw manuka) and my hair with a mix of honey (cheaper raw wild/bush honey) and baking soda, followed by an ACV/water mix rinse.

In my recent research into the notion of topical probiotics as recommended by Chris Kresser, I found that there is also a company from New Zealand (BLIS) who are apparently working on a topical probiotic application for "micrococcus luteus Q24", a strain of skin bacteria which seems to be active/effective against acne, and less prevalent of the skin of acne-prone people than others. I'll be keen to check it out when they do.

All the best from down under. :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Awesome answer! Thanks for the thoughtful response and helpful information.

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on December 03, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Agree with NudgeWink.

Yogurt is pretty much the only thing I put on my face (besides water). I've been rubbing a little bit of plain full-fat yogurt on my face a couple evenings a week and letting it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water. It leaves my skin super smooth and soft (probably due to the lactic acid and fats and whatnot like NudgeWink said).

As for actual acne though, I couldn't say. I suffered from stubborn acne for a while but got rid of it before I tried the yogurt. I know you didn't ask for other strategies for acne and that you've tried every imaginable dietary hack, but I ask you this - have you tried eating frequent liver and oysters? This is what finally put an end to my acne. I can only assume it was the vitamin A (liver) and zinc (oysters), both nutrients that are known acne fighters, that helped out. Worth a shot if you haven't tried it yet!

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I do eat liver and oysters. I notice that my tongue is smooth and pink after eating oysters (weird, I know), but that is about the only difference I notice. Nevertheless, I will keep eating them! I keep hoping one day it will kick in...

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on November 30, 2012
at 04:25 AM

yes it did nothing.. tried kefir and even bought some probiotic face cream

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