New research suggests that friendly bacteria may not just be beneficial for the digestive system but also for your skin.

It is believed that good bacteria can help plump and smooth the skin whilst re-hydrating it therefore helping improve the appearance of the skin for many acne and eczema sufferers.

The theory is that probiotics and prebiotics improve the balance of bacteria in your skin in much the same way as in your gut.

Unfortunately applying yogurts to your skin won’t work though as it contains different strains of bacteria. However many cosmetic companies, including Nude, Clinique and Lancome have designed products that contain friendly bacteria.

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