Probiotic supplements are causing cystic acne. What does this mean?

Answered on March 16, 2016
Created March 13, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Due to a history of illness, infection, and antibiotics. Probiotic suppliments give me cystic acne (through numerous elimination procedure, I am now sure of this). But, my gut flora is very low and I have Type 1 Stool. 

Can someone please recomend or reference a diet or proticol to build my gut flora? Is the acne a sign of leaky gut?

Many thanks!

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on March 16, 2016
at 11:08 AM

I think it depends on what type of probiotic you take. Is it only lactic acid and bifidus bacteria? I have heard saccharomyces boulardii, a yeast that produce lactic acid, can be helpful to deal with acne, and also be desirable after/during antibiotics. Soil bacteria like bacillus subtilis can also be effective for digestive disorders. This can more easily survive the journey to the large intestine. It is the microbe used in Japanese Natto (and it produces a lot of vitamin K2).

Milk seems to favor certain types of bacteria, such as lactobacillius and bifidus and others. It may be that part of the reason for the acne-milk connection has to do with the type of bacteria milk promotes. Vinegar seems to favor another type of bacteria and kill off a lot of undesirable bacteria/microbes, including viruses. On earth clinic website many have reported excellent result with vinegar taken internally for acne (it can also be used externally).

In my opinion it is best to get the amount of bacteria/microbes in mouth, stomach and small intestine to a low level, and fermented foods can cause lot of issue for some people. A glass of kefir can have as many bacteria as a bottle of a probiotic supplement.

Oil pulling is one way of ridding the mouth of microbes, and it will likely help acne too. I´ve also found that a raw carrot or two for a few days can quickly cleanse the mouth and tongue from undesirable junk like yeasts. This along with vinegar and strawberries can deal with a lot of problems. Strawberries are high in vitamin C too, which is frequently low or deficient on high fat (low fruit) diets (despite above RDA intakes) or in those suffering from an H Pylori infection.

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