Lately, there has been a lot of buzz in the health and beauty world about probiotic soap. It can sound like hype or the next big trend that will die out in no time, but there is actually science behind it. More and more companies are becoming aware of how beneficial probiotic skincare can be for our skin and how damaging it is to use products that can destroy our skin microbiome.
What exactly is our skin microbiome? Well, it’s the community of healthy bacteria, called probiotics, their environment, which are prebiotics and their by-products, or postbiotics, that live on our skin. The bacteria are plentiful and diverse, with numbers in the trillions and over a thousand different species.
For years we have been sold products full of chemicals, preservatives, and scents that work against our body’s own resources. The probiotics on our skin work to regulate our pH, restore cells, form a protective barrier, and ward off harmful bacteria. The best way to ensure optimum skin microbiome health is to use probiotic soap.
What is probiotic soap? Aren't we supposed to be washing our hands with antibacterial soap? Well, that’s what we were told for so long that now we have to work to build up our skin's microbiome again. Not only have we been washing our hands with products that send precious probiotics down the drain, but we have also been using all sorts of body wash, shampoo, and facial products that are doing the exact opposite of what they need to be doing: protecting our skin by nourishing its precious microbiome.
Additionally, there has been research looking into replacing antibacterial soaps with probiotic soaps, which in essence would strengthen the microbiome to the point where harmful bacteria would be destroyed by the good bacteria present on our skin. This research is partially in response to the new knowledge we have regarding the harm antibacterial agents have been causing not only to our skin and its community of bacteria but also our internal bodies and the environment at large.
In the recent past, the FDA has banned 19 antibacterial products that were used in hand soaps. Triclosan, one that is still being used in some soaps, has been found to have many adverse side effects, including:
- Altering hormone signaling and other biological processes
- Increasing the risk of allergies
- Impairing muscle function
- Disrupting hormones
- Harming aquatic ecosystems and algae life
- Contributing to the increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
In fact, the FDA recommends that we forego antibacterial soaps altogether, as their effectiveness has yet to be proven.
Other antibacterial agents are still being used that have been banned, but these are listed as an ingredient in hand soaps under a different name. Unfortunately, as consumers, it is up to us to do the research and make the healthiest choices for our bodies and our environment.
So, What Do We Do?
Probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics have had a long-standing place both in and on our bodies. They live everywhere: our mouths, our intestinal tract, and our skin, just to name a few. And they are important.
In our mouths, they keep us healthy by destroying invaders that want to make us sick. In our intestines, they help break down the food that keeps our bodies going, and on our skin, they do wonderful things such as:
- Help prevent acne
- Help prevent inflammation
- Help protect our skin's natural moisture barrier
They can also protect our skin from diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. There is even new research discussing the role the skin microbiome plays in decreasing skin cancer occurrence caused by UV rays - so we can see how important our microbiome is on more than just a cosmetic level.
So, if we want to protect this wonderful, natural occurrence on our skin and steer clear of harmful chemicals and additives that may destroy more than just our skin health, we need to make the right choices. That's why Mother Dirt developed the Probiotic Foaming Cleanser.
Made without harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrance, the Probiotic Foaming Cleanser was formulated with the restoration and protection of the microbiome in mind. It contains rose water (which has been used for millennia for its anti-inflammatory properties) and chicory root, which balances the skin's pH to restore the moisture barrier and prevent premature aging.
It also packs a very gentle punch with lactobacillus bacteria, one of the most highly recommended probiotics found in skincare ingredients. That is because it calms skin immediately and will continue to do so with sustained use as the microbiome is rebuilt.
All of the ingredients are designed to ensure your microbiome does its best work, destroying acne-causing bacteria as well as other irritants and renewing a bright and smooth appearance for beautiful, healthy skin.
Repairing our microbiome is the first step in renewing our skin health. Maintaining the microbiome using products that encourage probiotic growth by including gentle, plant-based ingredients and probiotics that have been proven beneficial to our skin is what is next. It is so important to keep our largest organ, our skin, happy and healthy, and respect our environment with products that don’t damage it.
Our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser does all of that and more, calming the skin and introducing bacteria that attack Propionibacterium acnes, the main acne-causing bacteria, as well as preventing premature aging, reducing inflammation, and restoring your skin’s pH balance and moisture barrier to keep it soft and supple.
We’ve all seen commercials and print ads that claim this end result, but again, it is up to us as consumers to ensure we are doing our research and choosing the products that reflect our values and have the end result we are looking for.