When you think about probiotics, your first thought might be about an Activia yogurt commercial with Jamie Lee Curtis, talking about all the gut-healthy benefits of the probiotic-packed food.

Yes, probiotics (or “healthy” bacteria) are a powerful tool to help keep your gut healthy and things moving along. But did you know that they can also be great for your skin?

Your gut and your skin have a lot more in common than you think — they both could use a dose of probiotics to help keep them healthy. We know, probiotics are not the most glamourous or exotic skincare ingredient, but hear us out… because it might be time to add some of that “good” bacteria to your skin regimen.

Since your skin serves as a natural barrier against dirt and other pollutants floating around, it can get damaged and inflamed from all that “bad” bacteria. But when probiotics are topically applied, they can balance out the harmful bacteria on your skin that’s been causing things like acne, rosacea and eczema.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should go and smear Greek yogurt all over your face (although, there are some great DIY masks you can make with it, like this one).

Instead, keep an eye out for face creams and serums that incorporate probiotics into their formula. They’re not as difficult to come by as you may think — a lot of new and innovative beauty products feature probiotics.

If you need a little help getting started on your probiotic skincare hunt, here are three of our favorite products.

–> Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream With Probiotic Technology, $49

–> Éminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, $54

–> Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, $32

Stay beautiful,

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