The Best Guide to Nourish Your Skin Microbiome
Do you know that your gut houses billions of microbes? Now that you do, do you also know that your skin has a microbiome?
Findings show that your skin microbiome makes a vital contribution to your skin's appearance and your general health. Most of the activities from our daily life can negatively affect your skin microbiome, which is why we must actively try to protect and nourish it.
While we strive to protect our skin microbiome, we must avoid overdoing any strategy because it can tilt the balance and cause more harm than good.
The question before us is how to know our specific microbiome needs and maintain a skin microbiome that has suffered depletion due to environmental aggressors.
Microorganisms Are The Original Skin Care Products
Do you know that your skin and its microbiome can do everything your favorite skincare product does for you? Yes, it is a fact!
The skin has some microorganisms that send signals to the skin, making it produce ceramides and other lips that strengthen its barrier and support internal hydration. Some other microorganisms maintain the oil levels in your skin by feeding off sebum.
According to Dr. Hamblin in Clean, oil skin might not be caused by excess oil production; but by a microbial imbalance. This imbalance implies that the microorganisms responsible for feeding off the oil are absent.
Some other microorganisms have it as their job to feed off dead skin cells, thereby exfoliating your skin. Furthermore, some others focus on producing strong antimicrobial and antifungal compounds.
The good bacteria situated on your skin helps to check and prevent the bad bacteria from overgrowing. Here's a representation; acne is connected to the bad bacteria called C. acnes.
However, this C. acne is a part of a healthy microbiome only becomes harmful when there is a shortage of good bacteria to keep the bad bacteria from taking over.
While the persons you see with normal skin have a balance between bacteria on the skin. People who suffer skin conditions like acne or eczema tend to have some bacteria standing at a higher percentage than others.
The Signs Of An Unbalanced Microbiome
Medical research continues to discovering that skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, eczema, dry skin, and others happen due to an imbalance in the skin microbiome.
When we have such skin conditions, we often rely on skincare products to relieve the issue temporarily, which take over the microbiome's functions. The functions of these products can only be short-term, but they end up preventing the microbiome from thriving as it should.
While skincare products can fix skin issues for a while, they will not solve the imbalanced bacteria proportion and compromised microbiome. Rather than depending on these products, the solution lies in boosting the microbiome.
How To Support Your Microbiome
The good news is that you can build up your skin microbiome in very few steps.
The first step is to stop excessive skincare products or routines. The best practice is to limit your skincare routine to moisturizing and mild cleansing as deemed necessary. Also, closely observe the ingredients contained in a product before using them. Make sure they don't formulate with excessive chemical ingredients, and they are not extreme on your skin.
The skin microbiome is very tender and complex, and it can be affected and inflamed by every little thing you add.
Now take a second to think about how many ingredients are in your skincare products. Are you scared?
Cut down on the single ingredients by getting multipurpose products that have ingredients’ INCI identifies as healthy. For instance, face oil comprises qualitative, raw, and clean botanical ingredients that perform multiple functions. They can balance and support your skin microbiome.
Beyond skincare products, you can enhance your microbial diversity through other measures that are healthy and backed by science. Some of the ways include adequate sun exposure, eating vegetables and fruits like apples, which contain one hundred million good microbes, cutting down on alcohol intake, and increasing the time spent outdoors also helps balance and support your skin microbiome.
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