Dermatologist Foresees Rise In Topical Probiotic Acne Treatments
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
AAD member Whitney Bowe sees potential for combination therapies incorporating topical probiotic treatments, and a rise in cosmeceutical products featuring probiotics, based on emerging research suggesting benefits in acne and rosacea sufferers.
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