Functional Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics on Skin Health and Disease

Lolou, Vasiliki and Panagiotidis, Mihalis (2019) Functional Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics on Skin Health and Disease. Fermentation, 5 (2). p. 41. ISSN 2311-5637

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Scientific and commercial interest on probiotics, prebiotics and their effect on human health and disease has increased in the last decade. The aim of this review article is to evaluate the role of pro- and prebiotics on the normal function of healthy skin as well as their role in the prevention and therapy of skin disease. Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium are the most commonly used probiotics and thought to mediate skin inflammation, treat atopic dermatitis (AD) and prevent allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Probiotics are shown to decolonise skin pathogens (e.g., P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, A. Vulgaris, etc.) while kefir is also shown to support the immunity of the skin and treat skin pathogens through the production of antimicrobial substances and prebiotics. Finally, prebiotics (e.g., Fructo-oligosaccharides, galacto-oligosaccharides and konjac glucomannan hydrolysates) can contribute to the treatment of diseases including ACD, acne and photo aging primarily by enhancing the growth of probiotics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: probiotics; prebiotics; skin health; skin disease; dermatities; skin infections
Subjects: C500 Microbiology
D600 Food and Beverage studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 07:33
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:21

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