Health effects of probiotics on the skin

Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2015;55(9):1219-40. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2012.680078.


Skin is the largest organ of the body and is constantly exposed to physical, chemical, bacterial, and fungal challenges. It is well known that probiotics are helpful for specific disorders and different clinical studies have indicated that probiotics have special effects in cutaneous apparatus directly or indirectly that can be considerable from versatile aspects. Probiotic bacteriotherapy can have great potential in preventing and treating the skin diseases including eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, and allergic inflammation or in skin hypersensitivity, UV-induced skin damage, wound protection, and as a cosmetic product. The current paper comprehensively reviews the different health effects of probiotics on the skin.

Keywords: Allergy; atopic dermatitis; eczema; probiotic; skin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*
  • Secondary Prevention / methods*
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases / prevention & control
  • Skin Diseases / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome