Nov 10, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Prebiotics and Probiotics in Skincare


Both prebiotics and probiotics play an important role in healthy, beautiful skin. With the use of many of today’s skincare products, we unknowingly disrupt and negatively alter our skin’s natural flora balance, which is a critical element of healthy skin and overall health and wellness. Using skincare that is formulated to preserve our skin’s natural microbiome and nourish the skin will help maintain your skin’s health, as well as your overall well-being.


Prebiotics are nutrients that help nourish bacteria that is beneficial to the skin, while keeping harmful bacteria in check.

Probiotics consist of beneficial bacteria have a direct effect at the site of application by enhancing the skin’s natural defense barriers. Probiotics can boost resident bacteria to produce antimicrobial peptides that benefit the skin’s natural immune response and help eliminate harmful organisms.

There are many different strains of probiotics, and different strains can have different specific effects to the skin, depending on the specific formulation of the product.

Ultimately, both prebiotics and probiotics are beneficial to the skin, and the combination of the two can have a symbiotic effect to help boost the skin’s health and condition. We like to think them as food for your skin. We’ve written about probiotics as well as the skin’s microbiome, and the impact it can have on your health.