skin microbiome

As skin science evolves we will have a better understanding of the skin microbiome. We are currently in the early stages of a real breakthrough in the understanding of microbiome care. But what is the microbiome, and why is it so important?

 

If you have delved into the Cosmetics & Skin Health page on this site, you will have a better understanding of  the microbiome, which is the collection of all microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and their genes, that naturally live on our bodies and inside of us.  You might have come across microbiome in relation to gut health or yogurt and not considered it for the skin.

 

It is important to understand that the gut, other organs and the skin, each contain different biomes due to the different locations and functionalities, this means that because something is good for your gut, it doesn’t mean that it is good for your skin!

 

When you experience skin conditions this is an indication that your microbiota / microbiome is being disrupted. Being both respectful and using skin respectful products will improve the skins relationship with microbes that live on and in it, and ultimately will aid skin recovery and reduce specific conditions.

 

The skin microbiome is extremely complex, knowing your skin microbiome from top to bottom isn’t necessary to achieve improvements, and in fact new discoveries relating to the skin microbiome are happening which will allow us all in time to have a much better understanding of our skin and how to maintain it in a healthy way.

alterations of skin microbiota

Conditions such as acne, acne rosacea, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and Pityriasis versicolor are all associated with alterations of the skin microbiota.

 

When we see conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, lupus, lichen skin, these are caused by altered functioning of the immune system, and are a usually associated with alterations of the intestinal microbiota, however the skin microbiota experiences changes too.

 

When there is an altered balance of the skin microbiome we often refer to this as skin dysbiosis. Dysbiosis contributes to the disruption of immune homeostasis and worsens disease symptoms.

 

An example of this is atopic dermatitis which is often characterised by dysbiosis of the skin microbiome, with an over-abundance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

To improve your skin microbiome there are some key points to remember:

Strengthen your skin barrier

Avoid harsh treatments that can disrupt your microflora / microbiota. Not all treatments and chemical peels are skin microbiome friendly. Beneficial bacteria is helpful when treating inflammatory skin conditions, therefore it is important not to disrupt but to allow beneficial bacteria to flourish. A balanced, healthy and diverse microbiome is important to achieve normal skin with strong protective skin barrier functions.

Use respectful skincare

Our skincare is microbiome friendly, and our homecare routines including skin cycling is built around respect, balance and only beneficial ingredients. Use products that will protect and balance the microbiome, especially if your skin falls under the category of microbiome dysbiosis and you have a vulnerable skin barrier.

Consistency

Give you skin time and simplify your routine. It is easy to become impatient and add products and remove products without much thought. Patience is your friend when it comes to healthy skin. Give your skin time to reap the benefits of the treatments and skincare products.

Trust your skin expert

Your skin expert has spent a considerable amount of time researching and educating themselves. Trust their advice, especially when they say that they need to introduce products to your skin gradually. This will help to prevent skin irritation and respect the skin microbiome.

Gut health

Gut health and stress can significantly effect our overall health and skin. Research ways to improve your stress levels and your gut health. Check out one of our Experts here for lots of interesting and helpful videos.