Skin microbiome

When we think of beauty, our skin should naturally be one of the focal points. It is the largest organ in the body, and should not be taken for granted. Healthy skin is the foundation of any good beauty routine. It makes everything else simpler and it is also a reliable indicator of wellness.

Needless to say, there has always been a wide array of trends coming out in popular culture when it comes to skin – how to take proper care of it, what it needs, what methods and products some celebrities and other famous people use, etc. All of these choices might lead to confusion sometimes, leading us to blindly try many skincare regimens without achieving full satisfaction on the final condition of our skin. New product after new product is tried, and there is nothing wrong with this, of course. I’m sure we’re all guilty of going on a skincare product binge, as they all promise the best results. But what might be a well-researched approach to all this?

Enter the skin microbiome.

In a nutshell, this is a term for the millions of bugs that live in our skin. Yes, bugs. Don’t freak out! Not all bacteria are bad. Actually, it is a normal part of our body composition, and it is one of the things that regulate our overall health. You might be surprised to know that the more strains of bacteria you have, the healthier your skin is. The microbiome differs for everyone, depending on your skin type, age, gender. It not only is responsible for how our skin looks, but it is also connected to our immune system as well.

It seems that once talk of the microbiome has picked up in plenty of conversations about skincare and beauty, probiotic skincare suddenly became the next big thing. Probiotic sounds more of something that you would ingest through food or supplements – it didn’t really add up to factor in the term probiotic when buying skincare products, until now. But skincare and our microbiome go hand-in-hand – a disrupted microbiome can result in pesky skin ailments such as rashes and acne.

A couple of probiotic skincare brands to keep an eye out for are Tula, Aurelia and Galinée. An added tip from dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara – “Soap can disrupt the microbiome because it’s typically harsh and can create a chemical environment that can be disruptive to certain bacteria. Use products like a PH-neutral cleanser. Sulfates can also be harsh on the microbiome, too.”

Always remember to be gentle on your skin, and listen to what it needs. Extra caution and care can only ensure a healthier skin microbiome.

By Sophie Jocson