Now, more than ever, the term microbiome is being used to talk about your skin. You’ve probably heard about the microbiome in your gut and the effectiveness of probiotics for your gut flora. However, your skin and the bacteria on it serve a purpose too.
They keep foreign invaders and toxins from entering your skin’s barrier. When you have a strong and healthy skin microbiome, it means that the bacteria that live there are sufficient enough to turn pathogens away and keep your skin vibrant.
What’s A Microbiome Anyway?
The skin microbiome can be thought of as its ecosystem. Just like any ecosystem, there is an order and a structure to how things work. The skin microbiome is a collection of microbes and living microorganisms that live on the skin’s surface. This includes certain fungi, bacteria, and arthropods.
Many external factors can affect a skin microbiome. Some of these can be genetic or even due to the climate that you live in. Sometimes specific environments throw off the skin’s pH, causing it to become imbalanced and full of harmful bacteria.
Yes, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the “bad” bacteria either. This exists on your skin too, and the good bacteria work as hard as they can to keep it from messing with your skin’s microbiome balance. But sometimes, your skin needs a little bit of help.
Why Does A Skin Microbiome Matter
As we all know, the skin is the largest organ of your body, so it’s pretty essential to your overall health. The skin plays a huge role in your immune system function and many of its processes. Similar to the bacteria that live in our gut, skin microorganisms protect us from pathogens and serve as a physical barrier to prevent them from getting through.
The skin microbiome can also fend off infections and ease discomfort, amongst other things. All in all, it’s crucial to your body that you keep your skin microbiome at its optimal balance. This will protect you from most outside harm. That’s not to say that you’ll never get sick, but it will certainly help with your immune response to harmful bacteria that corrupts your body.
How Do I Support My Skin Microbiome?
Unfortunately, many things can compromise your skin microbiome. Taking antibiotics for something can seriously mess with the balance of good bacteria on your skin, as can a poor diet. Sometimes, even certain types of skincare products can ruin the balance of bacteria on your skin.
Don’t worry; there are plenty of ways to support your skin microbiome and get it back to its optimal balance. Some of the more simple things you can do are drinking enough water, eating healthy foods and exercising daily. There’s also plenty of evidence behind the use of certain skin products.
It’s important to understand that there is a huge difference between sterile products and clean ones. Society today has become obsessed with all things clean as possible. However, this has resulted in a shift in our skincare routines, removing all beneficial bacteria from the surface. Certain soaps and alkaline products increase your risk for skin issues because of their potential to damage microflora.
All About Probiotics
One of the best ways to support your microbiome and repair the imbalance is to give it back to the right kind of bacteria. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be used topically or orally. They can help your skin in three distinct ways. First, they can help to repair your skin function to deal with things like pollution. Secondly, they act as a shield against harmful bacteria from entering the microbiome. And lastly, they combat the bad bacteria if it gets through the barrier.
Probiotics are just one of the types of positive bacteria that you can add to your skin. There are also prebiotics and postbiotics, which help to balance the microbiome. Prebiotics help to feed probiotics so that they can multiply and thrive in your skin. Postbiotics offer a decrease in irritation for your skin, which are the by-products of bacteria.
Restoring your skin with probiotics is the key to glowing, vibrant skin and a clear complexion. Who doesn’t want that? However, don’t be fooled by certain probiotic products that claim to be revolutionary but are not.
Some brands take the word “probiotic” and run with it. They add this word to their labels and think that no one will look into the research behind their ingredients. Many companies incorporate several harsh chemicals such as sulfates, parabens and dyes into their formulas.
Cleaning Your Skin The Right Way
Healthy skin is resistant to harmful bacteria. The goal of probiotic skincare is to get your skin to its healthiest point and help it stay there. When your pH levels are at their most balanced, it allows the good bacteria to fight off harmful pathogens, and the natural oils in your skin are naturally antimicrobial.
Probiotic skincare works by putting the good bacteria back onto the surface of your skin. It helps to nurture the microbiome and brighten your complexion. Even though the skin microbiome is an emerging area of research compared to the gut, we know that probiotics have the power to impact your microflora positively.
Mother Dirt makes probiotic skincare without any of the harmful ingredients found in traditional skincare products. Our ingredients are naturally derived and biotic-infused. We also use a science-first approach when it comes to maintaining your skin. Our products can be used on acne-prone skin, combination skin, oily skin, or dry skin. We also offer probiotic hair care for your scalp’s microbiome.
Mother Dirt Skin Care Products
Probiotics for skin are an essential part of any skincare routine. Research has shown that Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) keeps your skin’s ecosystem in check. Luckily, Mother Dirt has found a way to harness AOB and put it in our AO+Restorative Mist.
Live Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria is known to interact with the elements naturally found in your sweat to produce two byproducts - Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. Both of these are essential to a balanced skin microbiome.
By restoring this essential component to your skin, the Mist helps protect and maintain healthy skin and reduce your fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin clarity.
The Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser doesn't just get your skin clean; it also uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to balance your skin microbiome. It’s formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water and removes impurities while maintaining an optimal pH level. It does this without stripping your skin of its essential balance, leaving it feeling refreshed. This cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and has been dermatologically and clinically tested.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Serum is specially formulated to nourish your skin and rebalance your skin microbiome. It contains ingredients like squalane and essential fatty acids to nourish and moisturize, while a powerful blend of probiotic extracts helps balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel nourished and smooth, revealing a healthier-looking complexion. Our Serum is made to be non-comedogenic, and has been dermatologically approved, and helps to soothe dry skin without leaving it feeling greasy.
Mother Dirt also makes probiotic products for the rest of your skin, not just your face. The Mother Dirt Probiotic Body Wash gently cleanses dirt and oil from the skin without stripping or damaging the skin barrier. It contains ingredients like rose water, almond and coconut extracts to refresh and nourish, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts helps maintain a balanced microbiome. Our Body Wash has been dermatologically tested and is formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.
If you’re looking for a place to start, we suggest our probiotics system starter kit, The Peacekeeper. It features the foundations of our Active Probiotic System to restore the skin microbiome for your most biologically balanced and radiant skin. This kit is an excellent option for all skin types (including dry, oil, regular, or combination skin) and includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum, and patented AO+ Restorative Mist. Together, these three products work to help restore and maintain your skin’s natural ecosystem.
Try to focus on picking skincare products that don’t contain any irritants or harsh ingredients. These types of formulas will kill off elements of your microbiome, leaving you with more problems than before. In general, look for skincare brands that emphasize their beliefs in putting results and science first. Mother Dirt has been working on doing just that since 2015.