Clear-Biotic is an oral probiotic supplement with added vitamins marketed to:
It is sold by Nu-Derm Skin Care. There is no information concerning the location or phone number for Nu-Derm on their website.
The website also says, “It has been proven effective in reducing the severity of other skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis… has the Best Natural blend of probiotics PROVEN to reduce and prevent Acne with out a prescription.”
No information about which types of microbes in provided on the Nu-Derm website. The information is proprietary. They only say that there are 20 billion CFU/g. If you need help understanding why that number is meaningless, see my page here.
Answers on Amazon.com as to what is in the product say:
The FOS and BioMos are prebiotics. The rice flour and magnesium stearate would be flow agents. Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.
The recommended dosage on the product is 1-4 capsules daily, preferably with a meal.
Reviews on Amazon.com are mixed with over three-quarters of 58 reviewers giving it 5 stars:
“...We started using this product about two months ago for my teens acne. We found that when he takes it, it reduces acne outbreaks and redness. You can expect to see some improvements in as little as a week. Clear Biotic will not completely eliminate you acne problems but it will help prevent acne, reduce the redness and severity while improving your complexion.
The use of clear biotic also seems to reduces the amount of Proactiv and antibiotics required.” - February 4, 2015
“I first started to use Clear Biotic to reduce the rebound acne I would get after a course of antibiotics. Apparently, the Antibiotics also kill the good bacteria and can make the flare ups worse after they run there course. This product not only helped reduce my flare ups but improved my overall complexion reducing breakouts and redness. I know use it regularly and find myself using less cover up makeup and less topical medications.” - March 2, 2015
“Not impressed with this product. The directions say to take 3 caps daily, however, only 60 caps are in the bottle (not a full month). I am in my forties with slight acne and dry skin. It didn't help me with that nor GI. I only took for 1 month but NO difference at all.“- July 13, 2015
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
Clear-Biotic is a probiotic supplement that has "safe" species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, it is shelf-stable and is produced in a GMP facility. However, it is a very low-potency supplement, with added prebiotic fibers, and that could be the reason for mixed reviews.
I requested more information from Nu-Derm and will update the page when/if I receive that information.
One final thought is that the species of Lactobacillus acidophilus, casei and rhamnosus, and of Bifidobacterium bifidum, are available in many other products besides this one, such as Nutrition Now PB-8 , iFlora and Hyperbiotics PRO-15. The strains may be different, but there is no way to know that without knowing what is in this or the other products. The other products may not have the FOS or Bio-Mos in them, however.
Thanks to Cherubs for suggesting a review of this product!
If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of it with the benefits provided by:
You may also consider nutritional consultations to help you identify your acne triggers and reduce the dysbiosis and inflammation behind the outbreaks.
To read about my approach to supplement reviews, and about my reviews of other probiotic supplements, click here.
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