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All About Skin Flora + The Microbiome

All About Skin Flora + The Microbiome

This post is brought to you by our Esthetics Experts Panel, composed of skin care professionals, educators + authorities with decades of experience in the industry.

You might be wondering “what is the skin microbiome?” and “what is skin flora?” It’s possible that this is your first time hearing these terms, even if you’re a skin care enthusiast. Don’t worry if so - our Esthetics Experts Panel is sharing everything they know about the skin’s microbiome to help explain what it is, how it works and how to help make sure your own skin microbiome is healthy so that you can achieve the skin care results you want.

so, what is the skin's microbiome?

The microbiome is an invisible, protective ecosystem of microbes that live on and in the skin, also known as skin flora. These microorganisms reside in what is called microbiota (microbiome) which are colonies that consist of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, mites and viruses, which all have genetic material.

why the skin's microbiome is important

Simply put, the microbiome and its skin flora works to safeguard the skin from external aggressors. It helps protect against an overgrowth of pathogens, fight against external and environmental factors, keep inflammation in check and aid in promoting wound healing. The skin microbiome is a significant controlling influence on your skin’s barrier, and without a strong skin barrier, all skin care efforts will only yield temporary results.

“The microbiome makes important contributions to the skin’s barrier, as it produces skin nutrients as well as essential lipids, which in turn keep the skin balanced, healthy and strong,” explains Dawn Gantt, licensed esthetician and member of our Esthetics Experts Panel. “A healthy, balanced skin microbiome translates into skin that looks good and feels good.”

signs of a disrupted microbiome

When your microbiome is out of balance, it shows. A disrupted microbiome can lead to uncomfortable skin issues and make some existing conditions worse. These conditions include rosacea, acne and/or a reoccurrence, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dryness, redness, rashes, photosensitization, flakiness, etc.

How can your microbiome become disrupted? There are a lot of culprits, including using improper skin products, using proper skin products improperly, using too many different skin care lines on the skin, over use of skin products, over washing, over exfoliating, over drying, waxing, shaving and using hand held cleansing devices - just to name a few!

how to improve your microbiome

One simple step you can take right now? Stop over-exfoliating the skin and using other harsh products on your skin, as these disturb and weaken the skin’s microbiome. Instead, focus on moisture by incorporating a hydrating toner into your routine, as well as finding an appropriate AM and PM regime that will strengthen your skin’s microbiome.

You can ensure this by creating a skin care relationship with your esthetician. “See your esthetician on a regular basis so they can design a plan of action for short term and long term results for your skin’s microbiome,” shares Gantt. “An esthetician that performs a thorough Skin Reading and consultation can connect the dots of what is causing an unhealthy microbiome and guide you and your skin into the proper steps to get your skin’s microbiome back in balance.”

Remember that your lifestyle choices also have a big impact on your skin and its health. Get plenty of rest and exercise along with a balanced diet, and make it a priority to have effective and healthy stress management practices. In time, you’ll see how your skin microbiome and skin flora improves for a visibly healthier complexion.

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