The role of microbiota, and probiotics and prebiotics in skin health

Arch Dermatol Res. 2017 Aug;309(6):411-421. doi: 10.1007/s00403-017-1750-3. Epub 2017 Jun 19.


During the past decade, scientists have made great strides in understanding the microbiome's role in human health. Today, the microbiome has become key in scientific research, therapeutic development, medical treatment, and as a news feature in the media. Most studies have focused on the microbiome of our gut, but recently researchers have turned their attention to other microbiomes, including that of the skin. These studies of gut and skin microbiomes are yielding very informative results, new treatment strategies, and the development of new prebiotic and probiotic products for the treatment of many skin conditions.

Keywords: Microbiome; Microbiota; Prebiotics; Probiotics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Hygiene Hypothesis*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Intestines / microbiology
  • Intestines / pathology
  • Microbiota / physiology*
  • Permeability
  • Prebiotics / administration & dosage
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*
  • Skin / microbiology*
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Diseases / diet therapy
  • Skin Diseases / microbiology*


  • Prebiotics