THE LAB REPORT™
Why You Need to Know About Your Skin’s Microbiome
RAYYAN, BEAUTY EDITOR | MARCH 10, 2021
Once unchartered territory, the skin’s microbiome has become the forefront of many skincare conversations and trends. As we try to further understand the science behind our skin, beauty ingredients, and holistic self-care, knowing what is happening on the skin’s surface and the purpose the top layer of our epidermis serves, is becoming even more necessary. Understanding the largest collection of mostly harmless bacteria in our body, that is actually on our skin, is a great step to making informed decisions about our skincare routine. To uncover some misconceptions about your skin’s microbiome and the ideal skincare ingredient to help protect it, let’s answer a few questions:
So, what exactly is the skin’s microbiome?
Similar to your gut, your skin is the host to billions of living microorganisms, often referred to as skin flora. Think of the skin’s microbiome (also called skin microbiota) as an ecosystem made up of both good and bad bacteria residing on the skin’s surface. The key to maintaining a healthy skin microbiome, much like gut health, is all about balance. A healthy skin microbiome is one that maintains optimal balance between those good and bad bacteria. When your microbiome is balanced, your skin looks and feels healthy. A healthy skin barrier can help protect your skin from foreign invaders while also promoting optimal hydration, keeping skin soft and supple. If your skin's protective barrier is compromised, the microbiome becomes unbalanced, making skin vulnerable, and ultimately resulting in unwanted visible issues.
Is the microbiome visible to the human eye?
The skin’s microbiome is invisible to the naked eye, but often we can experience, identify signs of a disturbed microbiome. Some of the telling signs can be frequent breakouts, acne, redness or irritation, or uneven texture.
What purpose does the microbiome serve?
The microbiome is a vast collection of microorganisms that form unique microbiota in the skin’s outside environment. Since the skin serves as a physical barrier to external aggressors, the formation of the microbiota into the skin’s microbiome is essential in preparing and protecting our skin and our body. According to the National Institute of Health, “microbiota also functions in educating the immune system … [these] microorganisms may also have a role in educating the billions of T cells that are found in the skin, priming them to respond to similarly marked pathogenic cousins.” This cell education that occurs in the skin’s microbiome allows it to function in harmony with the body’s unique needs.
How can I protect my skin’s microbiome?
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