Not everyone is aware of the existence of the skin microbiome, never mind what it does. It has gained a lot more attention over the last few years as research has helped us to understand how it affects our skin better. Let’s try explain it best we can.

What Is the Skin Microbiome?

Your skin is your largest organ and it’s filled with millions of billions of microorganisms – like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These cannot be seen because they are so small – and this is known as the skin microbiome. These microorganisms are as important to your overall health as it is to your skin health.

So What Does Your Skin Microbiome Do?

It is part of the first layer of protection against the elements and the outside world. It works as a team with other parts of your skin to:

  • It fights infection: Some microorganisms act like a natural antibiotic. It also help keep your skin acidic, which the “bad” bacteria don’t like.
  • It help your immune system work correctly: Your skin microbiome can send the correct signals to your immune system which can warn it against harmful bacteria or viruses.
  • It can heal wounds and control inflammation: By sending the correct signals to your immune system it can help your body heal correctly and control harmful inflammation.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy – Treat your skin microbiome right!

  1. Don’t over exfoliate
    You can upset the balance of your microbiome if you clean your skin too much.
  2. Eat lots of veggies
    Veggies have prebiotics that the “good” bacteria like.
  3. Drink lots of water
    Keeping yourself hydrated helps maintain your skin’s elasticity.
  4. Get some sun!
    It’s good for your mental and physical health and can affect your skin microbiome too.
  5. Replenish with probiotics
    These contain live “good” bacteria that can help the balance of bacteria in your skin microbiome.

If you’d like to find out more, please check out the WebMD article on the skin microbiome as well as this brilliant Byrdie blog on Talking About The Microbiome.

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