Probiotic Skincare, Probiotics, Skincare, Vitamin A

Showdown: Vitamin A vs. Probiotics

Vitamin A is a long-established player in the world of skincare due to its track record of proven results. The benefits of this active ingredient, however, often come with a slew of problematic side effects – redness, peeling and itchiness to name a few.

The good news for retinol and retinoid lovers? You can get the same effects through the use of topical probiotics with no skin disruption whatsoever.

Probiotics vs. Vitamin A

“Retinoids work quickly but they can and often do, leave skin vulnerable.”

Bifida Ferment Lysate, used in all LaFlore® formulas, has been proven in clinical studies to stimulate both collagen and elastin production while also giving skin the energy it needs to renew itself. Essentially, this strain of probiotic acts as a bio-sensor, helping skin adapt to external stresses quickly and effectively while also positively influencing both the speed and the quality of epidermal growth. 

Long Term Benefits with No Skin Disruption

Many consumers opt for the use retinoids as a way to restore elasticity and vibrancy in the skin and reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. Retinoids are very effective for this. There’s no question retinol and retinoid products help shed dead skin cells, but the question we should be asking is – at what cost to the health of the skin?

Let’s step back for a moment and discuss why the skin is producing this “protective” layer in the first place.

Skin responds to stress by purposely trying to protect itself from anything it sees as a threat. While you may not think of your favorite cleanser as being “harsh”, your skin may not agree. 

Commonly used chemicals in skincare products such as detergents, surfactants, silicones, and petroleum-based ingredients put skin in a state of crisis where its natural next step is self-defense. 

Environmental stressors such as these, in combination with the slowing of cellular turnover as we age commonly lead to a build-up of dead skin cells. This build up is what we have been taught over the years to regard as something that should be manually or chemically exfoliated. In fact, rapid exfoliation is one of the most commonly cited reasons for the use of Vitamin A products.


“But there is a kinder, gentler way to get softer, smoother, brighter skin – live topical probiotics.”

Rather than disrupting your skin, probiotics calm the skin and from this new state of peace, allow the skin to rebound with newfound energy. With an abundance of resources available, the skin is able to rapidly ramp up production of naturally occurring enzymes, essentially jump-starting skin regeneration and creating an optimum environment for the production of collagen and elastin. Unlike other actives, topical probiotics accomplish this with zero disruption to the skin’s barrier function.

Ready to Make the Switch?

Put our patent-pending technology to work for your skin.

LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate and Probiotic Daily Defense can deliver the same benefits of retinols and retinoids with none of the downside.

If you are currently on prescription retinoids or just starting a retinoid program, topical probiotics can be used in conjunction with your regular routine to ease side effects. Mix the Probiotic Serum Concentrate in a 1:1 ratio with either an OTC retinol product or prescription retinoid and apply as usual.

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