The Healthy Skin Show 011: The Role Of Probiotics When It Comes To Skin Health w/ Kiran Krishnan

Welcome to part two of an incredible and mind-blowing interview I had with microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Here we continue our conversation about the link between the gut and the skin and the role that probiotics can play in maintaining a healthy microbiome.

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My guest, Kiran Krishnan is deeply involved in the nutrition and dietary supplement market. He has a strict research background having spent many years in research and development in molecular medicine and microbiology. He is also the co-founder and partner in his nutritional research and development company Nu Science Trading. Most notably he is the co-founder and chief scientific officer at Microbiomes Lab where he makes MegaSporeBiotic, one of my all-time favorite probiotics.

In this part of the interview, we talk about how we can use probiotics as a natural defense to ward off bad bacteria from our skin. In fact, you can apply many probiotics directly to your skin to help with many issues and we discuss how to best do that. The right probiotics can even help you tackle certain more hard to control issues like candida overgrowth.  

Have you had success using probiotics to treat a chronic skin issue? Tell me about it in the comments!


In this episode:

  • How good bacteria on your skin will provide a defense against the bad bacteria you don’t want there
  • Just what spore-based probiotics are and their unique benefits for you
  • Kiran’s dos and don’ts for applying probiotics topically to make the good bacteria on your skin happy
  • Coconut oil's role as an antimicrobial and how it can kill both helpful and harmful bacteria
  • What makes candida overgrowth so hard to get rid of and how probiotics can help



“One of the things that we know about the skin is there’s a couple of classes of important bacteria that keep the skin healthy. But once you start to get an overgrowth of a bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus you end up with eczema, dermatitis, and so on. So it's just a matter of switching the types of bacteria that are growing on the skin.”  [17:36]

“You know who wants sugar on your face? Fungus. Fungus will love the sugar on your face, so be careful with that. A lot of people suffer from fungal overgrowths on their skin…. You want to be careful of using sweet things, because that’s what the fungus likes.” [28:29]

“Candida overgrowth is a symptom of other issues going on. It’s an opportunistic fungus. The moment your immune system and the rest of your microbiome is suppressed for whatever reason, it will start blooming and overgrowing.” [29:42]



Listen to Pt 1 of my talk with Kiran here!

Why Coconut Oil Isn't Good For Your Skin (article)

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The Healthy Skin Show 011: The Role Of Probiotics When It Comes To Skin Health w/ Kiran Krishnan