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Probiotic Skincare

May 31, 2024 10:23AM ● By Linda Sechrist

Topical probiotic products, such as those created by CEO and inventor of Siani Probiotic Body Care, Jacqueline Gelardi, a Fort Myers resident, are proving to be a valuable aid in the delicate balance between host and microorganisms. Probiotics are microorganisms that help restore the beneficial bacteria that protect us from harmful contaminants by eliminating the biofilm layer that protects harmful pathogens. This biofilm, created by pathogens and other bacteria, serves to protect colonies of harmful bacteria, as well as hold dirt, support viruses, and other problematic substances. The healthy bacteria in Siani Probiotic Body Care products immediately start to break down the biofilm that coats all surfaces, including our skin.

Relatively recent research identifies microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) and mites that cover the surface of the skin and reside deep in the hair and glands. The concept of skin as an ecosystem, composed of living biological and physical components occupying diverse habitats, is advancing an understanding of the delicate balance between host and microorganism. 

According to a study published in PubMed Central, “Probiotics play a major role in maintaining human health and disease prevention. Topical probiotics have demonstrated beneficial effects for the treatment of certain inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, etc., and have also been found to have a promising role in wound healing.”

“More than 1,000 species of bacteria call skin ‘home’,” says Gelardi. “Some are good and help fight infection, protect against environmental damage, regulate pH levels, and keep the skin hydrated and healthy. Others are harmful, causing skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, acne, and inflammation. Probiotic products can restore natural balance to the skin by locking in moisture, soothing the skin, and acting as a protective shield to bad bacteria while producing natural skin antibiotics and boosting skin’s functionality. Essentially, the bacteria cannot attach to the biological surface to cause infection and inflammation. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, topical probiotics work via ‘bacterial interference,’ meaning they interfere with the ability of bad bacteria to provoke an immune reaction, by preventing colonization and infection on your skin. 

For Floridians, Gelardi’s Siani Probiotic Body Care products are especially helpful with fire ant bites, mosquito bites, sunburn, hand-foot-and-mouth disease generally among children aged 0 to 5, as well as a fungus common to male athletes known as jock itch. 

Siani Probiotic Skincare products can be purchased at Lotus Blossom Clinic in Ft. Myers, Walmart, Amazon online, or at