Our Story

Our Story

October 20, 2022

A story based on evidence

In a world inundated with dangerous antibiotics, topical steroids, overpriced medicines, and questionable products based on zero evidence, we exist to provide an evidence-based, all-natural solution that balances debilitating, long-term skin battles. 

We want to be sure that you have access to a probiotic supplement for skin that is based on published science.

Skinesa® was founded in 2019 by a couple of neighbors who were investigating probiotics for better digestion.  

 Initially, we were interested in a specific probiotic strain,  Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. This was because in 2015 it was discovered that “A probiotic formula reverses cow's milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants.

Mind blowing, right? 

At the time, we were struggling with a family dairy allergy that was causing anaphylaxis in one of our children, with just the slightest exposure. A trip to the emergency room was guaranteed.  

Based on this breakthrough study, we decided to order some of this Lactobacillus rhamnosus online to try as adults. Was there something to this? 

However, we ordered a different strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which was not Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Rather, it was something else. (We later reverse engineered the strain to discover it was Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 20021 = JCM 1136 = NBRC 3425)  

Purely by accident, this probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 20021, ended up clearing up Eric’s longtime struggle with embarrassing skin patches.

We were flabbergasted. 

A probiotic pill caused healthy, clear skin?! How? 

Could we share this with the world? 

This is where things got tricky. We discovered that not only was the strain not identified on the bottle Eric purchased, but there are literally hundreds of different strains of Lactobacillus rhamnosus

This blew our minds. Each probiotic strain (or the numbers and/or letters after the species name) has its own characteristics and capabilities. 

This brought up so many questions. Which probiotic strains are the best for skin?

We read hundreds of scientific journal articles on the gut skin connection and probiotics designed for skin. There were so many! Too many for us to make sense of.  

Around the same time, we investigated formulating a probiotic blend by ‘white labeling’ a probiotic formula from a contract manufacturer who supplied all the most popular probiotic species in one bottle. 

We were very disappointed to find an industry not backed by evidence, but instead hype and borderline fraud. When we asked our potential manufacturer for a breakdown of all the ingredients in the bottle, they informed us that the ingredients were mostly just “window dressing,” and that only one of the twelve probiotic species made up the 29 billion of the 30 billion stated on the label. We were told this was formulated that way to deliver a long shelf life.  

Ugh. We later learned this is standard practice

So, we needed an expert to guide us in our discovery.  We hired a scientist to educate us. 

He taught us that, by definition, probiotics must have a scientifically demonstrated health effect.  “Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” 

This is the widely accepted scientific definition of probiotics around the world.The consumer can discover this health outcome by researching or googling the probiotic strains on the ingredients label.  

This is considered “evidence-based” based probiotics and is the gold standard for proof in the medical world.  

Furthermore, probiotics’ comprise many different types of microbes. It is important, therefore, to remember that they are described by their genus, species and strain designations. Using the example of the most well-studied probiotic mentioned above, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG – Lactobacillus is the genus, rhamnosus is the species and GG is the strain designation. All three components are necessary to identify a probiotic. The full name enables the reader to link the specific strain to studies describing health benefits and safety assessments.

However, our research shows that only 1-in-500 probiotics in the marketplace today are based on evidence of a specific health outcome in a randomized controlled trial.

This is how Skinesa® was founded. We encapsulate evidence-based probiotics studied and proven in double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials proving safety and efficacy in delivering the health outcome of clear, healthy skin. 

We want to be sure that you have access to a probiotic supplement for skin that is based on published science. The probiotic strains exclusive to Skinesa® have been the subject of two university-based clinical studies against placebo, examining their ability to promote clear and healthy skin over a period of three months. 

Our mission is to elevate people’s quality of life by improving the look and feel of their skin through science. Here are our commitments to you:

  • A commitment to quality using evidence driven ingredients. 
  • A commitment to safety, efficacy and science. 
  • A commitment to research, evidence and clinical trials.

100% of our exclusive probiotic strains have been tested in human clinical trials to ensure your skin gets the attention it deserves.

Our evidence shows that 92% of the probiotic group in the clinical trial achieved clear, healthy, skin. We feel this is the strongest evidence in the market today. 

Study #1 

Bifidobacterium lactis CECT 8145 
Bifidobacterium longum CECT 7347
Lactobacillus casei CECT 9104


Study #2

Bifidobacterium longum CECT 7347
Bifidobacterium lactis CECT 8145
Lactobacillus rhamnosus CECT 8361  


Take Skinesa® once a day with water for your morning routine and achieve healthier, clear, smooth skin in 90 days or less!

Today we can confidently say that we are proud to be offering a probiotic supplement for skin based on actual evidence. 

*Warning if you have a dairy allergy: Do not try a supplement to try and reverse *any* allergy. The scientists only observed this occurrence as it happened during a very short window when supplementing in infancy.  

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