We live in a society that is obsessed with getting clean. We've invented all kinds of soaps, gels and ointments to rid ourselves of dirt and grime. One of the biggest mistakes traditional skin and hair care products make is getting rid of all the bacteria that live on your body.
Some of these bacteria are beneficial to your skin's microbiome and keep everything in balance. We're here to talk about the lesser-known "good bacteria" that you should be keeping on your skin for their beneficial properties. So, what is the good bacteria on your skin?
The Skin Microbiome
The skin on your body has a microbiome of bacteria. Your face and scalp are unique ecosystems, with tons of microorganisms living there at a time. These bacteria work to protect you from harmful pathogens that could affect your health and skin. When your skin's microbiome is balanced, your skin will look and feel healthy.
Using products that rid your skin of good bacteria can lead to a host of problems. This includes redness, irritation, breakouts, and itchiness. The good bacteria on your skin produce ceramides and other beneficial ingredients to prevent water loss to help keep the skin hydrated. Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it's home to millions of bacteria and fungi that make up the microbiota that thrives there.
Good And Bad Bacteria
Don't get us wrong; there are plenty of dangerous bacteria out there. Staph and C. Diff are some microbes that can wreak havoc on your body if they get by the skin barrier. The diverse population of microbes that lives in and on our body is primarily harmless and necessary for our health.
Recent studies have shown us that when we wipe out the bacteria in our bodies, unwelcome bacteria can move in more easily and cause various problems. However, a healthy gut microbiome and healthy microbiome can promote overall health.
It might seem like the best way to stay clean and protect your skin from potential threats is to use antibacterial soaps and products. However, these types of skincare products cannot differentiate between good and bad bacteria on your skin. Overusing these types of products can lead to an imbalance in the microbiome.
People with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are incredibly familiar with the dangers of a compromised skin barrier. Internally, an imbalanced microbiome can lead to intestinal bacterial overgrowth, which causes an inflammatory response that can further impact skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
One of the most common families of bacteria on your skin is called Staphylococcus. Researchers studying the impact of Staphylococcus epidermidis on the skin have found that these bacteria excrete molecules that stop skin cells from producing chemicals that trigger inflammation.
The Benefits of Probiotics
This is where probiotics come in handy. Probiotics are live bacteria that support the good bacteria in your body. Most people know about probiotics from yogurt and their benefits for your gut. But they can also heavily influence the health of your skin.
Using probiotics in topical form as part of your skincare routine can help various skin conditions. Some probiotics can boost the skin's production of ceramides. These lipids trap moisture in the skin and help keep acne-causing bacteria at bay.
As you get older, your skin's pH increases and causes it to dry more quickly. This allows harmful bacteria to grow more rapidly, so probiotics support healthy bacteria to help balance the skin's pH.
Probiotics can also be used on your scalp for certain benefits. Various studies show that an unhealthy scalp resulting from microbial overgrowth of Malassezia furfur can impact the quality of the hair emerging from the scalp, resulting in weakened hair. When you apply probiotics to your scalp, they can control dysbiosis and help soothe irritation, strengthen hair follicles and prevent hair from falling out.
In addition, probiotics might help with atopic dermatitis when applied directly to human skin. So far, studies seem very excited about the effects prebiotics and probiotics can have on skin diseases.
Ingesting Probiotics For Your Health
One of the best ways to encourage microbial diversity within your body is by eating healthy foods. You can eat foods that contain prebiotics like garlic, legumes and oats. You can also focus on probiotic-rich food like yogurt to stimulate beneficial skin bacteria.
If you don't want to eat foods with probiotics, you can also take a probiotic supplement. Additionally, you can directly impact your skin healthy by using topical probiotics.
Using Probiotics In Your Skin Care
Probiotic skincare aims to put the good bacteria back onto your skin's surface. It also helps to balance and brighten the complexion and nurture the microbiome. The probiotics you apply to your skin impact your microflora in two ways: they both occupy space on your skin and excrete enzymes that can protect the skin.
The key benefits of probiotic skincare are as follows:
- Combating bad bacteria
- Repairing skin function
- Acts as a protective shield for your skin
- Promotes skin health
When choosing a skincare brand with probiotics in them, make sure you look for one that is microbiome-friendly products. Just because a company uses probiotics doesn't mean that its products contain harmful sulfates, preservatives, or synthetic dyes.
Mother Dirt Products
Mother Dirt's innovative skin, hair and body line offer a new standard in biotic-infused products. We use a science-first approach to help maintain your skin's microbiome without any unnecessary ingredients.
AO+ Restorative Mist
The AO+ Restorative Mist uses live ammonia-oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) to interact with the elements found in your sweat. This produces two byproducts, Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. Both of these are essential for healthy skin and maintain a balanced microbiome. The Mist has been clinically shown to reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin's clarity, smoothness and tone.
Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser
Mother Dirt Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to not only clean your skin but remove impurities and maintain the optimal pH level without stripping it. It's made with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, and is oil-free, sulfate-free and has been clinically tested.
Mother Dirt Postbiotic Serum is formulated to nourish and rebalance your skin without leaving it feeling greasy. It contains squalene and essential fatty acids to moisturize and balance your skin's microbiome. Your skin will feel smooth and reveal a glowing, healthier-looking complexion.
Postbiotic Revitalizing Body Wash
Mother Dirt Postbiotic Revitalizing Body Wash gently cleanses dirt and oil from your skin without stripping or damaging the skin barrier. It has ingredients like rose water, almond and coconut extracts to refresh and nourish. This Body Wash has been dermatologically tested and is formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.
Postbiotic Moisturizing Body Oil
We recommend following up the Probiotic Body Wash with Mother Dirt Postbiotic Moisturizing Body Oil to get the best results. This lightweight Body Oil soothes dry skin without feeling heavy. It contains ingredients like squalane, almond oil and apricot kernel oil to nourish and replenish dry skin, while our powerful blend of postbiotics helps maintain your microbiome.
It's crucial to find a skincare option that doesn't just use probiotics as a buzzword. Make sure that you look into the company you're buying from to know whether or not they are selling an actual probiotic. Live and active probiotics need to be refrigerated -- checking to see if the product you're buying suggests refrigeration is one way to tell if it truly does have live and active probiotics in it.
Mother Dirt only wants what's best for your skin. That's why full transparency is essential to us. We have included a glossary of all the ingredients that we use in our products on our website. It explains each of their functions and adds some context to the label on the bottle.
Our bodies have millions of normal and healthy bacteria living on the surface and inside of our gut. We want to keep those bacteria content so that they can do their job of keeping us healthy on the inside and out. So remember, not all bacteria are harmful and some of them protect you from harm. Try prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic skincare today from Mother Dirt for a revolutionary new way to maintain your microbiome.