What is the Skin Microbiome, how to protect it?
Your skin is a natural defense against invading organisms like viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Previous studies proved us that skin is the first line of defense against the invading organism but now new studies have shown us that your skin microbiome or the organisms living in your skin can stop the organisms before entering the skin.
You cannot see the hundreds of bacteria and viruses that live on your skin permanently but they have a great impact on how your skin looks and feels day today. These little bugs are abundant enough to empower the invading organisms.
By keeping these organisms in balance helps us to protect our skin from different conditions. Lack of diversity in the microbiome will lead to skin conditions like Eczema, Acne, and Rosacea. To avoid these skin conditions always keep your skin microbiome at the optimal level. Try adding prebiotic in your daily routine. Don’t use skincare products that can change the skin natural pH.
Here are some tips to keep your skin microbiome intact and your skin healthy:
1 - Don’t use harsh soaps:
Overcleaning your skin and using harsh soaps can strip away good bacteria from your skin. Skip those triple cleansing routine. Clean your skin when you need to, wash your makeup before going to bed or after a workout or sweaty day. Avoid the use of anti-bacterial soaps. Do not give strong topical antibiotics or topical retinoid, it will lead to alteration in the natural microbiome.
2 - Hydrate your skin:
Dehydration can affect your skin microbiome. Every doctor suggests drinking 64 ounces of water a day to avoid dehydration. Also, you can apply a microbiome-pampering moisturizer that can draw water into the skin and also holds the water there.
3 - Apply probiotics:
Probiotics that you can take for your gut can decrease the inflammatory skin conditions like Acne, Dermatitis, and Rosacea. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the proven strains that can be used for this purpose. You can also apply topical probiotics. Probiotics remove the bad bacteria, balances the pH, preserve the hydration, give strength to the skin barrier, stimulates skin repair, and can enhance the skin’s defense mechanism.
4 - Use natural clothing material:
Wear clothing made up of natural material like 100% cotton and bamboo, that breathe able. Cotton is best known for its natural, soft, and breathable characters. The better the quality of cotton the more comfortable will it be. Bamboo is water-loving, which makes this fabric four times more absorbent than cotton. Bamboo fabrics are widely used as a clothing material for Eczema patients over the last 5-10 years.
In short, Skincare companies should start to target a person’s unique microbiome by identifying it by some scale or by some tests. There are no proper studies to tell which exact organism is required for this purpose.