There has been an emerging narrative around the importance of the skin microbiome and the use of Probiotics in the dermatological, cosmetic and health industries. And rightfully so.

The Cutting edge of innovation in skincare is the use of probiotics. Growing evidence and scientific research indicates the powerful use of probiotics in skin health and the direct impact it has on cultivating a healthy microbiome that is conducive to healthy, glowing and vibrant-looking skin.

A healthy microbiome relates to healthy skin. But what exactly is this phrase “Skin Microbiome” and why is there growing evidence and research around the gut and its direct effect on your skincare health?

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The Skin Microbiome (sometimes referred to as the skin flora), is the billions of bacteria, fungus and viruses that live on our skin. Every person has a different skin microbiome due to factors such as age and gender. For example, a teenager who is very active and hormonal, has a very different skin microbiome to a baby whose skin is mostly undisturbed due to low sun exposure, little stress etc.

Your skin – the largest organ of the human body, is home to trillions of microorganisms. These microbes are found on the surface of our skin. Scientists explain that there are generally two types of microbiota: Commensal (normal) and Pathogenic (disease-causing). The healthy, good bacteria (commensal) are what promote the skin’s immunity against pathogenic growth.

Your skin microbiome can be compromised due to factors such as stress, environmental pollution, poor eating habits, lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, the harsh use of chemicals in skin care products, sun exposure and the use of oral or topical antibiotics. This is referred to as dysbiosis: when your microbiome is disrupted. Skin concerns and diseases such as inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and hives to name a few, can be indicative of a compromised and disturbed gut microbiome.

The good news is that you can nourish your microbiota and in turn, reverse the effects of a compromised gut microbiome with the use of Probiotics. Ancient health has always believed in the promising power of Probiotics in not just skin health but our overall wellbeing and now, there is growing evidence to support this idea.

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“Probiotics support the body’s natural defenses, starting in the digestive tract by naturally restoring the balance of “good” beneficial bacteria in the gut,” says Cath Clark, founder of The Harvest Table.