Give skin and hair a healthy glow with products that employ the healing powers of probiotic bacteria.
Chemicals in many facial cleansers, scrubs, and more can kill off the “good” natural bacteria you need for more resilient skin and hair follicles. But topical probiotics can help maintain a balanced microbiome—one that is less hospitable for “bad” bacteria that thrive in clogged pores and cause inflammation, breakouts, and dull hair.
1. Bioelements Anti-Aging Serum
Bioelements uses bifidobacteria combined with soy- and rice-milk proteins. The probiotics sit on the skin’s hydrolipidic barrier, hydrating and protecting it from pathogens and pollution.
(Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum; $69, bioelements.com)
2. The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner both use a blend of lactobacillus bacteria, sprouted mineral greens (including chlorella, kelp, and wheatgrass), and rice proteins to rejuvenate fatigued hair follicles.
(Living Hair – Set; $47, thebodydeli.com)
3. AOBiome AO+ Mist
This daily toner-like product uses live ammonia-oxidizing bacteria called Nitrosomonas eutropha that metabolize the ammonia in your sweat, reducing oiliness and skin irritation. Over time, spritzing on AO+ Mist can reduce the amount of soap and shampoo you need as your skin microbiome regains its natural, protective balance.
(AO+ Mist; $99 for a month’s supply, mist.aobiome.com)
4. Éminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
The signature ingredient in this facial cleanser is yogurt, which naturally contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, lactic acid, zinc, calcium, and B vitamins, which together help soothe dry skin and prevent excess oil.
(Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser; $38, buynaturalskincare.com)
5. Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing Cream
For a vegan Lactobacillus acidophilus alternative, Acure uses probiotic bacteria created by fermenting lemons in rice—no dairy required. In supporting the skin’s natural microbiome, probiotics may help to even out skin types and tones.
(Radical Resurfacing Cream; $20, acureorganics.com)