Skin health is very important to slowdown, prevent or even repair specific skin conditions. We are focused on developing both treatments and skincare that is respectful of the skin and its environment. We create innovative solutions that not only care for skin health but also optimise it. Through advanced technologies and delivery systems, we have created complexes and exclusive formulations that work in harmony with the skin. Our skincare programs work to provide a long term and continuous experience of health skin.
The skin microbiota is of great importance in the cosmetic industry as cosmetic products have the potential to interfere with the microbial community which can lead to the skin microbiota equilibrium being disrupted and the development of skin conditions, diseases, or even the dysregulation of immune response. We often hear words bounced around such as microbiota, microflora, pre/probiotics, and it can be confusing at times. To simplify, and to provide a better understanding of these terms, we have provided explanations below for some of the more common terms, and some new that you may not have heard of yet.
The word microbiota refers to the population of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses and mites) that inhabit the skin. The skin being the host. Microorganisms exploit the skin for nutrients, whilst benefitting the skin by helping to maintain the immune system. Microbiota is the newer word for what was formerly referred to as microflora or skin flora.
Refers to the collective genomes of the microorganisms in a given environment, meaning the collection of all their genetic material (DNA and RNA). However skin microbiota and skin microbiome are often used interchangeably.
We have mostly been exposed to probiotics relating to gut health, with many products now available on the market. Probiotic skincare is relatively new, complex and with many hurdles to overcome. Probiotic skincare usually refers to the use of live microorganisms to improve the health of the skin, and to help maintain a beneficial balance of microbes, reducing the symptoms of skin conditions.
Prebiotics are substances that support and help to develop the health and activity of your beneficial microflora. Microbes equally require the right food source and environment. Prebiotics should be conducive to beneficial microbes and communicable microbes, whilst at the same time discouraging growth of pathogenic microbes. Prebiotics that can lower the skin pH correctly will encourage the growth of beneficial microbes.
Postbiotic skincare is formulated with non-live bacteria. They contain by-products of fermented live bacteria. Some postbiotics that you might be familiar with include: enzymes, peptides, polysaccharides, cell surface proteins and organic acids. Postbiotics are not new to dermatology, as there are lots of skincare products on the market that contain bacterial fermentation products, such as lactic acid and glycerol. The therapeutic benefits of these ingredients has been well established.
It is possible for your skin to naturally create a prebiotic environment, but for those who experience skin conditions such as: rosacea, acne rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, sensitive skin, dry skin, and even aged skin, to name but a few, these conditions can be associated with microbiome disruption. Therefore a balanced skincare routine can help to create and environment that microbes need to be healthy and balanced.
Ekseption skincare has microbiome friendly ingredients such as salicylic acid and retinol, among others that can prevent microflora disruption.
We always recommend that you share your skin concerns with one of our skin specialists. We encourage you to visit the EXPERTS page to locate your nearest skin specialist.