There’s a lot of talk these days about having healthy bacteria in the gut but did you know this is important on the skin as well? These healthy bacteria and other microorganisms are called your microbiome.
What is a microbiome?
Your skin contains trillions of microorganisms that make up your own unique microbiome. These microorganisms which are mostly bacteria, but can also be mites, viruses, parasites and fungi help to protect and improve the function of your skin. These microorganisms or microbiota work synergistically together to create an ecosystem that supports immune function and protects from harmful invaders. Most of us think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful, but in reality, they are very important in creating healthy, beautiful skin. When your microbiome becomes imbalanced, skin conditions like acne, rosacea, inflammation, dermatitis, eczema, dryness and sensitivity show up.
What disrupts a healthy microbiome?
Skin problems arise when our healthy microbiome becomes imbalanced and allows for overgrowth of some microorganisms. Acne is a great example of this. The bacteriaP. acnes are a normal part of our microbiome; however, with imbalance, theP. acnes flourishes and causes acneic lesions on the skin.
First of all, let’s understand what supports a healthy microbiota. Certain microorganisms grow on certain areas of the skin based on the conditions and nutrients that they thrive on. Microorganisms that prefer a moist, dark environment will thrive between your toes or in the groin. Those that feed off of sebum will prefer the face or back area. Factors that affect the microbiota health are skin pH, skin folding, density of hair and oil glands and moisture.
How to protect and improve your skin’s microbiome?
Here's To Your Best Skin Ever!
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A new ailment to add to these pandemic-times…. MASKNE!
What is it? Mask acne (aka maskne) is a real thing, and it’s plaguing a lot of us wearing masks on our faces everyday for work, errand running, and day to day outings. It is especially stubborn and relentless during these hot summer months. Breakouts and blemishes are happening on our faces along the areas where the protective material is sitting on our face, by trapping dirt, oil, and sweat. But the solution is not to stop wearing that mask! It’s imperative to protect yourselves and others during these times. What you CAN do is take some steps to minimize the not so fun side effects of facial coverings.