While I only experience atopic dermatitis in the folds of my arms, the discomfort from the itchy, patchy, dry and irritated skin is enough to make me want to jump off a roof. There’s nothing worse than an itch you can’t scratch at the risk of bleeding. Sometimes I hold my arm out and blow on it or hold an ice cube to it…anything to relieve the discomfort – I don’t care how crazy it looks.
Since eczema has no cure, I’m constantly searching for ways to relieve it. After a particularly irritating (pun intended) session, I came across a study that suggested probiotic skin care could improve the moisture barrier and symptoms of eczema. Probiotic skin care is the use of beneficial bacteria to improve yours, mine and our skin!
How Would Probiotic Skincare Improve Symptoms of Eczema?
The bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1. 90% of the cells in the human body are microbes; we need that many microbes to stay healthy.
When something (like an eczema trigger) disrupts the balance of bacteria; it can result in disease or inflammation.
Allegedly, probiotics restore that balance by outnumbering the non beneficial bacteria. Scientists have been able to identify a few strains of bacteria e.g. Lactobacillusacidophilus (L. acidophilus) that could strengthen the moisture barrier. A strengthened moisture barrier means your skin will be healthier and fight off infections easily.
This is a relatively new technology which means there is limited research but what I’ve stumbled across is promising. It would be interesting to see if it’s actually worth a shot. Would you be willing to try probiotic skin care if you have eczema? Let me know in the comments below.