Yogurt is occasionally used as a topical Naturopathic treatment for both active acne and acne scars. Yogurt-based skin care treatments are especially popular in some Middle Eastern and Asian communities. Topical yogurt-based facials can be easily prepared and applied at home. Yogurt facials are also commonly offered in spas.

Yogurt Mask
Yogurt Mask

Unpasteurized yogurt contains many nutrients and enzymes, as well as live cultures of many types of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus delbrueckii and Streptococcus salivarius bacteria. These bacteria are non-pathogenic and play an important role in the fermentation of milk into yogurt. A byproduct of this fermentation is lactic acid, which makes the yogurt acidic and prevents the growth of other bacteria and yeast. Both lactic acid and yogurt-associated bacteria (often referred to as “probiotic bacteria”) have been reported to help improve skin tone and clarity. However, these claims are almost entirely anecdotal, and there has been little scientific research to prove or disprove the benefits of yogurt facials.

Preparing a Yogurt Anti-Acne Facial
Preparing a Yogurt Anti-Acne Facial

Interestingly, the bacteria used to make yogurt may also release small quantities of natural antibiotics that are toxic to competing bacteria. Yogurt-associated bacteria may also secrete digestive enzymes, which could account for the smoothing and toning effect claimed by proponents of topical yogurt treatments.

Although there is minimal scientific research on the efficacy of yogurt treatments for acne, these topical treatments are generally considered safe, easy-to-make, inexpensive and potentially helpful for some people. Realistically, yogurt-based topical treatments may help improve skin tone and reduce mild inflammation. But they are unlikely to be helpful treatments for moderate to severe acne (Acne Types: 2-4), or for significant acne scarring.

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