The Skin Microbiome
The skin has a microbiome of “good” and “bad” bacteria that plays a role in its health and appearance.
When most of us hear the word “bacteria,” we think of bad things like illness and infections. However, it’s important to know that there are also “good” bacteria that help maintain balance within our bodies. This unnoticeable bio-system is known as the “microbiome,” and researchers have made great strides in understanding the role that this bacterial equilibrium plays within the digestive system. As scientists have come to better understand the microbiome of the gut, they’ve discovered that the skin has a microbiome of its own as well — and the two are definitely connected.
What is the skin microbiome?
Essentially an invisible ecosystem that covers our skin from head to toe, the skin microbiome serves as a protective living layer of microorganisms. Up to 1,000 different types of bacteria can be found on the skin at any given time, and between the “good” and “bad,” an estimated one million bacteria comprised of hundreds of distinct species can be found on one square inch of skin.
A healthy microbiome supports the skin’s natural barrier by retaining moisture while preventing irritants and harmful microorganisms from entering the body. Research has shown that skin bacterial diversity may be linked to the quality of skin barrier and moisture loss.
What affects the skin microbiome?
The skin microbiome is particularly sensitive to the environment around it, anything that can strip or dry the skin, compromise the skin barrier or change the pH of the skin can potentially imbalance the skin’s microbiome. It is not commonly known that this includes extreme climate conditions, harsh chemicals, skincare products and professional treatments.
Supporting the skin microbiome
Your skincare can play a role in supporting the skin microbiome since there’s a connection between the balance of bacteria and the skin’s natural barrier. The right skincare products and ingredients can help support the barrier.
My preferred vegan skincare collection is full of barrier-benefiting ingredients including vitamin B3 (niacinamide), sea buckthorn ceramide, olive squalene, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and more. (Of course this is in addition to the bakuchiol, stabilized vitamin C and sustainable plant stem cell extract that help these formulas improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone!)
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