Skin and bacteria… What’s the deal?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. The primary role of the skin is to serve as a physical barrier, protecting our bodies from potential assault by foreign organisms or toxic substances. It is constantly exposed to potentially harmful bacteria, which can cause a wide array of skin issues, including eczema, rosacea, premature aging, acne, and many other skin afflictions.
The fact is, skin has bacteria on it – and not just a small amount – we are talking over 1,000 species of bacteria which call your skin, “home.” (We hope we haven’t surprised you with this information.)
Some of the bacteria are good and help fight infection, protect against environmental damage, regulate pH levels and keep the skin hydrated and healthy …some bacteria are not so good and cause skin afflictions such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, and inflammation.
Your skin’s ‘biome” is an ecosystem and plays a crucial role in how your skin looks and feels. Disruption of the skin’s biome can result in skin disorders, infections and odors. Bad bacteria can cause odors like foot odor, body odor and even umbilical cord odor. And unfortunately, things like the use of antibacterial soaps, preservatives in topical products, and even air pollution wreaks havoc on our skin’s biome by killing off the good bacteria.
Our skin probiotics consist of the “good” bacteria. They can help keep your skin healthy and assist in staving off the harmful bacteria while treating and moisturizing the skin. Additionally, the good bacteria found in our cosmetic products may help address problems such as UV-induced skin damage, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin hypersensitivity.
How do Skin Probiotics Work?
When your body thinks that the living bacteria on your skin are a potential threat, it may spring into action to counter the effects, resulting in inflammation, redness, bumpiness, and more. This is where skin probiotics come in.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, topical probiotics work via “bacterial interference,” meaning they interfere with the ability of bad bacteria to provoke an immune reaction, by preventing colonization and infection on your skin. Essentially the bacteria can not attach to the biological surface to cause infection and inflammation.
Probiotic products can restore natural balance to your skin by locking in skin moisture, soothing the skin and acting as a protective shield to bad bacteria, while producing natural skin antibiotics, and boosting skin’s functionality in addressing external damage caused by free radicals, sun and pollution.
Evidence is building that probiotic skincare might be a ‘Fountain of Youth.’ Studies suggest that elevating the good bacteria on our skin is essential so they can penetrate deeper to repair skin DNA, build collagen to fight wrinkles, combat sagging skin, diminish pigmentation problems, as well as slow down the aging process. These beneficial, topical skin probiotics lead to a more balanced skin biome, which assists in more healthy, beautiful-looking skin.