What’s a skin microbiome anyway?
Want to hear something equally creepy and incredible? A tiny little ecosystem of microscopic organisms lives on your skin and keeps things running smoothly. When they get out of whack, it can show up as acne, eczema, and even premature aging.
So what is a skin microbiome?
Your skin is your body’s largest organ with its very own ecosystem! It’s home to hundreds of diverse microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, eukaryotic mites, and viruses. All of these make up your unique skin microbiome.
These microorganisms are vitally important to the health of your skin so if you can keep them happy, your skin will thank you. Just like a natural ecosystem, when something in your skin’s microbiome gets thrown off, there’s a domino effect. Things look and feel out of balance and can show up as different types of skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, acne and sometimes premature aging.
Think of your skin microbiome and skin barrier as the ultimate power couple: they work together and support each other, keeping skin healthy and protected.
Think of your skin microbiome and skin barrier as the ultimate power couple...
How to restore your skin microbiome
Modern life has done a number on our skin microbiomes with pollution, being sedentary indoors, and a more processed diet not doing us any favors. The good news, though, is that our skin microbiome is resilient, so with a few changes, we can help it get back to normal.
Here are a few things you can do to help improve your skin microbiome.