What is a Microbiome?
microbiome (my•krō•bīōm) | The microbiome is an active collection of trillions of microbes residing in and on the body. Comprised of over 1,000 different species of fungi, viruses, and bacteria, including probiotics, these microbial cells out number human cells 10 to 1. This micro ecosystem carries out a variety of metabolic reactions vital for human health.
Every so often a buzz word pops up in the medical, pharmaceutical and/or skincare world and suddenly we see it, hear it, and read it everywhere. One of those current axioms is microbiome.
It turns out humans have been living with their own personal microbes since the beginning of time, however, studying them is relatively new. Current research is discovering that the microbiome may hold the answer to many puzzling questions. A great example of this is why some people get mosquito bites and some do not; microbes on the skin are a heavy determining factor.
The majority of skin microbiata are found in the epidermis. This layer of skin that was once considered to be relatively inconsequential may actually hold the key for several solutions to commonly unresolved skin diseases. Here are some points to consider…
Why probiotics work…
Also known as, the “friendly” bacteria, probiotics are nonpathogenic, which means they are incapable of causing disease. In fact these beneficial microorganisms work to create microbial balance. When the microbiome is disrupted and not in proper balance, the skin and/or body becomes more susceptible to harmful bacteria (including acne-causing bacteria), pollutants, free radicals, and allergens. A healthy microbiome creates a protective shield to defend against harmful agents.
When probiotics like Epicuren Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream are applied topically, they sit on the surface of the skin and compete with the bad microbes that cause common problematic skin reactions.
Why antibacterial products aren’t enough…
Often, people with acneic skin use antibacterial products. While antibacterial products help to kill acne-causing bacteria, they also kill the beneficial bacteria. As a result, this depletes our body’s microbiome and leaves us susceptible to bacterial infection.
Probiotics create antimicrobial substances that behave similar to actual antibiotic medications, most likely through competitive inhibition. The beneficial bacteria battles the harmful microbes for the necessary life-supporting resources. The result is a reduction of pathogens and toxin producing bacteria.
So, support your skin with a daily dose of probiotics and immediately maintain a healthy skin barrier!
Heather Linberg, Epicuren®’s Skincare Specialist
Heather is a lover of all things health, wellness, and beauty! A leading industry expert, she has been sharing her passion for creative health and beauty solutions for over 10 years. Her extensive knowledge of wellness and skincare has made her an invaluable resource to an impressive list of beauty editors, celebrity makeup artists, and red carpet A-listers!