Topical Probiotics, Innovative Therapies for Skin Health and Well-Being

Time: 10:00 - 10:30

Date: 4 July 2018

Theatre: The Royal Society of Medicine


Probiotics are defined as ‘live micro-organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit on the host’. To date most organisms defined as ‘probiotic’ are members of the gut microbiota, e.g. species of Lactobacillus. There is increasing evidence that lactobaciili are useful for the treatment/prevention of a variety of conditions of the gut.

Recently, it has become popular to include lactobacilli in topical formulations. Although in this context they cannot be considered ‘probiotic’, lactobacilli do have enormous capacity to change the physiology of the skin. In this talk, I will review the data supporting their use and describe the work my group does developing lactobacilli as novel therapies for skin.


  • Catherine O’Neill CEO SkinBiotherapeutics PLC and Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester - SkinBiotherapeutics PLC

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