This post follows on from an introduction to the microbiome as a concept and also an introduction to the skin microbiome. There’s a quick summary of the microbiome in this post, but if you want to do a deep-dive, be sure to check them out to learn the basics!
Today, we’re going to talk about the role of the microbiome. At our core, we humans are made up of trillions of different kinds of bacteria. In fact, we have ten times as many microbes in our bodies as we do cells. They live all across our body but the majority of them can be found in our digestive system, helping to break down food and make it easier for us to digest things.
But how does this relate to the microbiome and why is it the next big thing in skincare? Let’s take a look at the role of microorganisms in our body and how they form what’s known as the microbiome.
What is the microbiome?
A microbiome is essentially a collection of all the microbes that live in a particular part of our bodies. For example, the skin microbiome consists of all the bacteria, fungi and even viruses that live on our skin. Another common microbiome is the one in our gut. This helps us digest food, it looks after our immune system, and it protects our bodies against all kinds of diseases and viruses. It also helps to produce various vitamins and minerals that keep our bodies functioning correctly.
One of the more difficult things to understand when it comes to the microbiome is understanding that bacteria can be beneficial. Many of us believe that bacteria, fungi and viruses are invaders that cause problems within our bodies. But the reality is that they are usually beneficial and will exist in our bodies in the trillions.
What exactly does the microbiome do?
The microorganisms in these microbiomes mainly focus on stimulating our immune system. It helps to repair our body slowly and can even assist in breaking down toxic components that affect our skin. When our skin microbiome is disrupted, the imbalance can manifest as different skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) or cause inflammation.
To counteract this, our skin needs many different strains of bacteria to help keep everything balanced. Studies have shown that healthy skin consists of many different healthy strains of bacteria. In fact, the biggest reasons for a disrupted microbiome are caused by humans themselves. For instance, if you exfoliate your skin too often or use soaps and gels with antibacterial properties, then you’re stripping away the healthy microbiome and causing imbalances.
This is why some people may experience rashes, itchiness or even dryness on their skin after using certain products. The current solution for this is to rely on products that are much more gentle on the skin. This greatly reduces the chances of a skin condition developing. This can be further improved with the help of microbiome skin care products.
While the current solution helps, it doesn’t eliminate the guesswork and trial and error approach of finding skincare products that suit our skin. Skin Trust Club is going to change this. Skin Trust Club will empower everyone with truly personalized skincare and skin health tracking.
The effect of biotics on the microbiome
Another way to affect the microbiome is with your diet. In fact, there are three main parts of our diet that we should be focusing on; probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can improve our health. This includes repairing our gut and even creating a healthy balance on our skin. In other words, probiotics are crucial for helping maintain the balance of bacteria that we have, thus fixing any imbalances and ensuring that our skin is healthy and well-maintained.
Prebiotics are a little different. These exist on the skin to help encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. You could think of this as food for probiotics and the bacteria that already exist on the skin.
Lastly, there’s also postbiotics which aren’t mentioned a whole lot, but they are still a vital component in how we can improve our skin microbiome. Postbiotics are essentially the byproducts that are created from probiotics. As the bacteria break down the harmful invaders on our skin, these postbiotic substances help to repair the skin, provides moisture, and it also strengthens our skin against environmental stressors.
You’ll likely have heard of probiotics, especially if you’ve taken probiotic drinks to help with your gut health. However, prebiotics and postbiotics are equally as important when it comes to microbiome skin care and shouldn’t be neglected.
Balancing your skin microbiome
Microbiome skincare is going to be the next big thing in your skincare routine. Thankfully, many new products and routines are being established thanks to these new concepts being shared and explained. Skin Trust Club will give you an advantage by knowing exactly the type of skin microbiome you have, which means you’ll no longer be using your own skin as a testing ground, resulting in a happy skin microbiome.