About Gundry MD Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment Cream

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Sep 1, 2016

Have you ever considered using bacteria to improve the health of your skin? Well, with its blend of plant-based in ingredients and probiotics, this is exactly what Gundry MD Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment Cream claims to do. How’s it work?

According to the company, Correct + Calm “rebalances your skin’s level of healthy bacteria,” while also hydrating and nourishing your skin. This way, we’re told you’ll be able to calm irritation, decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, reduce visible inflammation, and leave your skin softer, smoother, and healthier.

To accomplish this, the manufacturer claims you simply need to apply their Probiotic Treatment Cream twice daily to clean, dry skin, making sure to focus on “areas affected by bacterial imbalance.” Then, apply other skincare products as per your usual routine.

Why are you here? Because you want to improve the quality of your skin. You also want to know if Gundry MD’s Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment Cream can help get you there. We’ll spend this entire review helping you make a more informed decision.

What are Probiotics? Are They Effective for Skincare?

The opposite of antibiotics, probiotics are supplements that introduce beneficial bacteria into your gut, which have been used for decades to improve digestion, boost immune response, decrease bloating and gassiness, and more. For an in-depth look at this, be sure to read through our probiotics series, starting with Probiotics 101: Their Benefits, How They Work, & Foods That Contain Them.

Obviously, there’s one big distinction between traditional probiotic supplements and Gundry MD’s cream: Correct + Calm is applied to your skin, versus taken internally.

Granted, because probiotic supplements have been known help balance digestion and internal health, this can certainly result in an improvement in your outward appearance. But is there any clinical evidence showing probiotics can work when applied on the outside, too?

According to a 2014 LiveScience article, many different companies feature topical probiotics in their skincare creams, which may be able to address conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea, and even provide some anti-aging benefits. While the situation looks promising, the author is sure to note that, “further study is needed to determine which strains may work best and how many of the bacteria survive once the probiotics are spread onto the skin's surface.”

Although much of this research appears to be ongoing, Dermatology Times specifically cites several past studies that might show a positive relationship between topical probiotics and improved skin health.

The bottom line? Topical probiotics is a burgeoning field of study in cosmetics that may eventually deliver loads of potential benefits, although there is currently limited clinical evidence showing a direct relationship between their use and improved skin health—or any of the claims made by Gundry MD.

What does science say about the specific ingredients found in their Correct + Calm Treatment Cream?

Are Correct + Calm Cream’s Ingredients Effective?

Here’s what we’re told Gundry MD’s Probiotic Treatment Cream contains:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Bacillus Ferment, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Aspartate, Sarcosine, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Propanediol (Natural Ecocert), Glycerin (Vegetal Derived), Centella Asiatica Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Scutellaria (Skullcap) Baicalensis Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycyrrhza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tetrapeptide-14, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Japanese Knotweed) Root Extract, Heptyl Undecylenate, Avena Sativa Bran Extract (Oat Beta Glucan), Gallyl Glucoside, Rosmarinyl Glucoside, Caffeyl Glucoside, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Honey Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trideceth-6, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Overall, the vast majority of these ingredients work to lubricate and moisturize skin, as well as preservatives to improve shelf life and emollients to make the formula feel better against skin. While these are certainly positive, unless your skin is excessively dry, they likely won’t provide any kind of meaningful results.

According to the cream’s website, the Bacillus ferment (a probiotic bacteria strain) found in Correct + Calm is Bonicel, a proprietary formulation from Ganeden that’s claimed to be “The first science-backed, probiotic-derived skincare ingredient shown to significantly improve the appearance of seven common signs of aging.”

To back this claim up, the ingredient has been used in different ways (facial lotion, hand dryness, cleansing bar, and gene regulation) in a handful of clinical studies. However, none of these are available for third-party review.

Gallyl glucoside is used as an antioxidant and skin conditioning agent in many beauty treatments, including Endothelyol from Induchem, which is specifically formulated to target rosacea and other types of redness. Again, however, no third-party clinical evidence is provided to back up the company’s claims.

Finally, the topical application of licorice may be effective for reducing the redness, swelling, and itching of inflamed skin, while some users might find witch hazel effective for relieving skin irritation.

How much will you pay for all of these ingredients?

How Much Does Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment Cream Cost?

Correct + Calm Probiotic Cream will cost you:

  • 1 Jar (no size listed): $79
  • 2 Jars: $149
  • 3 Jars: $207

Regardless of the number of jars your order, free shipping is included.

All Gundry MD products, including Correct + Calm, come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at (800) 852-0477.

How does this price compare to the competition?

Are There Other Topical Probiotic Creams Like Correct + Calm?

We’ve discussed it in several areas already, but there are dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of different topical probiotic creams like Correct + Calm. To see for yourself, simply search for the term online and watch how many results pull up.

Granted, many of these products will feature completely different formulations, so there’s no way to know how their effectiveness stacks up against Correct + Calm without giving them a try. However, many are meaningfully less expensive than Correct + Calm.

Important note: Speaking of formulations, Gundry MD previously sold this exact same blend of ingredients in a product named Correct + Calm Redness Relief, which retailed for $49. In this case, it seems like the company simply rebranded (to perhaps appeal to a broader audience) and increased the price by $30.

What do we know about Gundry MD’s other products?

Are Correct + Calm Probiotic Cream’s Reviews Positive?

It looks like Gundry MD recently rebranded Correct + Calm at the time of our research, so there weren’t any customer reviews we could use to gauge customer satisfaction. However, 2 HighYa readers provided feedback on the previous product, giving it 5 stars.

Both claimed that the Probiotic Cream helped reduce rosacea (one in as little as 30 minutes) and great skin feel.

Fortunately, there were many more reviews one of Gundry MD’s other products, Vital Reds, which also had a 5-star average rating. In general, most customers seemed pleased with improved energy and great taste. Other Gundry MD products without any reviews included Dark Spot Diminisher, Primal Plants, and Lectin Shield.

From a company perspective, Gundry MD is headed by Dr. Steven Gundry, a board certified general and thoracic cardiovascular surgeon who also heads The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. The company has only been around for a short while, and wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau.

Now that we’ve covered some of the most important aspects of Gundry MD’s Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment, should you hand over your credit card information and place an order?

Is Correct + Calm Cream Your Solution for Improved Skin?

Whether caused by diet, stress, medical issues, or just the natural aging process, the reality is that all of us will eventually face problems with our skin—regardless of how well we take care of it—whether it’s lines and wrinkles, inflammation, redness, roughness, and more. And while their marketing departments might want you to believe otherwise, the reality is that none of these many OTC creams will penetrate your skin or cause any changes in your biology to address these underlying concerns.

This is where probiotics come in, and why they’re being researched all around the globe: if you can make meaningful changes to the surface of your skin—but without penetrating it—these topical creams certainly could hold a lot of promise. But until more clinical evidence appears, we’ll just have to wait and see if these hopes manifest themselves in reality.

What’s this mean for Gundry MD Correct + Calm Probiotic Treatment Cream? $79 certainly isn’t anything to sneeze at, especially in light of some of the competition’s prices, and for something without any clinical evidence behind it. On the upside though, if you’re not satisfied with Probiotic Treatment Cream’s performance, you can return it for a full refund within 90 days of your order.

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