Monday, June 3, 2013

Probiotics and the Skin: MyBody Skincare

This past week at the school I teach at, we had mybody come to speak to my Future Professionals about their medical grade skincare line. The ladies were excited and so was I to hear all the innovative things they had to share. This brand also intrigued me because they were only offered in medical offices or medspas. Their products would not be gracing the shelves of Ulta our Sephora. So as an esthetician, my ears perked up. What made this line medical grade? So the professional product they have is a type of "Probiotic Peel". This is the big bulk of their sales but isn't limited to just that but it's their bread and butter from what I gathered. So, the pitch went on to talk about these products using biomimcry (aka technology that mimics our biological processes) and that contain no gluten, no SLS, and contain no parabens. So okay...how does it work?

Well, the professional product contains a certain percentage of AHA's which exfoliate the skin and create a wound on the face where it's applied. Also within the product is a certain strain of lactobacillus which stimulates a healing response to help the results of the peel. I was somewhat intrigued and so I was curious to know how it worked on an even smaller level....so I had to do some research. So first of all, it's not labeled what type of bacteria is within the peel. It's only said that it is a type of lactobacillus derivitive that is nonliving but comes from a living bacteria. With that information, I was confused.

Aren't probiotics technically considered alive? So I tried doing my homework and found out that a derivative is actually a part of the once alive bacteria but with this, it can still stimulate the same response from our body. Meaning that it will still carry out the function because our body has still identified this object as a positive bacteria.

  Awesome, so what about probiotics make them good for the skin? Well probiotics are supposed to be good for our overall health. WebMD says, "The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system." For the skincare works, it's important to maintain all of our body systems because all of them effect the skin. More importantly, problems can manifest through challenges with our skin. Proper channels of removing waste are vital. Toxins and waste will be removed from our bodies any way they can...including through our pores. Breakouts and other disorders can occur because of this. So that's bueno for our skin. Eczema is said to be linked to malabsorption! Bingo, this can help by regulating our digestive track. Also, being able to decrease the amount of harmful bacteria is going to be beneficial. P. Acne, which causes acne, is a strain of bad bacteria that can be regulated by the good guys! The most popular of these boogers is Lactobacillus acidophilus. But then that got me thinking...

Are there any other types of probiotic that is good for skin? So technically, I could see how that could be beneficial for suffers of aneic skin...and the others? Well,there is another strain of probiotic called Lactobacillus Rhamnosus that is usually found in the digestive tract which helps heal the linings from acid corrosion. Pretty much stimulates the healing response within the epithelial cells--the intestinal lining is compromised of these cells which act as a covering. To relate to skincare, skin cells are a type of epithelial cell. Now back to the