The Best Probiotics for Your Skin Get glowing from the inside-out

Meet the probiotic powerhouses that will help you get the glow you’ve always wanted.

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The dream of perfectly hydrated, kissed-by-the-morning-dew skin has long been an ideal in the beauty world. It’s what we see portrayed in images, and it’s what keeps us slathering on all the latest moisturizing creams. But external conditions are always changing (weather, seasons, travel, stress, etc). So, actually possessing that glow that we long for can feel like we’re racing toward a finish line that’s being pushed further away. 

Creams and serums can be great allies in the quest for hydrated skin. But they aren’t the only allies you need in the fight. You need a secret weapon, something that works on the inside to keep things balanced on a deeper level. That way, the changing external factors don’t keep throwing your efforts off kilter.  


The gut skin axis

Your digestive system is a complex network of organs, tissues, and living bacteria. Together, they play a huge role in the health of your skin. This relationship is called the Gut-Skin Axis, and it’s responsible for several of the most important functions within the body. It eliminates toxins, it’s responsible for reducing inflammation, and your digestive health determines how well your body absorbs nutrients. 

Because these important bodily functions have such a sizeable impact on your well-being, gut health deserves your attention. The skin is an organ like any other, and its health is a direct reflection of what’s going on inside. Tackling skin issues, from acne to eczema to general hydration, starts with the gut. 


The biggest leaps in probiotic skin science have come from a handful of specific strains. These living microorganisms have demonstrated proven results in studies targeting certain skin issues. They’re the best of the best.

Meet the starring line-up of our oral Daily Glow Probiotic Supplements:

  • Lactobacillus Plantarum
  • In a 2021 study, this probiotic strain was shown to enhance collagen synthesis and improve skin conditions related to hydration, uneven skin tone, and UV damage. A 2015 study also found that it benefits skin elasticity and reduces the depth of wrinkles. 

  • Bifidobacterium Lactis
  • This lactic acid strain has been shown in studies to help with lactose intolerance in the gut and boost the immune system. It’s a strong ally in the fight against inflammation, which is most often the culprit behind temperamental skin conditions and bothersome flare-ups. 

  • Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
  • If you suffer from adult acne, this probiotic comes as sweet relief. A 2018 study showed that it can help normalize the skin's insulin signaling, thereby improving the conditions that otherwise lay the groundwork for acne. 

  • Lactobacillus Paracasei
  • In an increasingly polluted world, probiotic strains that can help fortify our defense system are important. Supplementing your gut with this probiotic has proven effective in strengthening the skin barrier and inhibiting inflammation. 

  • Bifidobacterium Longum
  • Better balance in your gut bacteria is crucial, and this strain is here to help. It helps maintain the ratio of bacteria in your gut, and it has been shown to improve intestinal barrier function.


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    New probiotic skincare products are hitting the market every day, so making sure you know what to look for is key. Ensuring that the strains included in the bottle have been backed by science is step one. Step two is understanding what the label is telling you with all of that fancy terminology. 

    Here’s what to look for when choosing your probiotic skincare: 

    CFU Count: 

    Look for the number of CFUs, or colony-forming units, listed on the packaging. This refers to the quantity of living bacterial strains in the product. Higher CFU counts aren’t necessarily better because the exact quantity depends on the person. But ideally, you want to look for a range between 1 billion and 10 billion.

    Manufacturer Transparency:

    Listing the CFU count isn’t mandatory, so having it listed on the packaging is a good sign. An even better honesty indicator is when the packaging CFU is listed in addition to the CFU count upon the expiration date. Since it’s living organisms in there, they won’t stay alive forever. The number will decrease over time, so the product life-span potency is an important piece of information to have. Also, be sure to read the storage instructions on the label to ensure efficacy. 

    Internal Research: 

    Look for evidence that the company has done research on the actual strains in the container. A trusted manufacturer will not only boast the product efficacy, but they’ll provide the proof. Layers probiotic skincare products have demonstrated efficacy in placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind studies. That’s why we’re comfortable offering a 100% money-back guarantee. We know our products work, and we’re confident you’ll see an improvement in the health of your skin.

    The path to understanding how probiotics work and which ones you need doesn’t have to require a degree in advanced chemistry. It’s about knowing which strains have been tried and tested and how they individually and collectively work together to promote your skin health. With beneficial probiotic combinations like the Perfect Pair, you can reap the benefits of what we already know: Probiotics are the future of clean beauty. The Layers Probiotic Skincare community keeps proving it every day.