What Is The Skin Microbiome?

Jenna Jolls

You’re probably hearing the word “microbiome” everywhere right now. Your skin microbiome, like your gut, is a beautiful ecosystem of bacteria found on the skin’s surface. Your skin, and the bacteria on it, serves as a physical barrier and your first line of defense from foreign invaders, toxins and harmful substances. A strong, healthy skin microbiome means there are enough beneficial bacteria to keep pathogens and environmental aggressors at bay. And your skin will show it by appearing healthy and vibrant.

So, what exactly is the skin microbiome?

The skin microbiome can be thought of as an ecosystem - and a pretty complex one, at that. Also known as the skin microbiota, the skin microbiome is essentially the vast collection of all the microbes (or skin flora) which live on or within your skin. We actually have millions of living microorganisms residing on our skin at any given time, including bacteria, fungi, arthropods, and more.

According to Medline, there are many factors that can affect the skin microbiome, some of which include pH levels, gender, genotype, cosmetic use, temperature, and more.

Why Is The Skin Microbiome Important?

You probably already know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body, so it’s well-being is quite important when it comes to both health and disease. The skin microbiome plays an important role in the human immune system, as well as many immune functions.

Just like the microorganisms in our gut, “skin microorganisms have essential roles in the protection against invading pathogens, the education of our immune system and the breakdown of natural products,” according to Nature Reviews Microbiology. “The skin is colonized by beneficial microorganisms and serves as a physical barrier to prevent the invasion of pathogens.”

This means that the skin microbiome has a variety of functions when it comes to keeping our body healthy. The skin microbiome doesn’t just defend against invading bacterial pathogens, but also can help fight off infections, ease inflammation and protect us from outside harm.

How To Support Your Skin Microbiome

Since there are a ton of different ways that the skin microbiome can become compromised (like antibiotics, poor diet or using harsh, traditional skin care products), it’s important to know how to repair the damage that has already been done.

There are many steps that you can take to support your skin microbiome. Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, N.D. says that eating healthy, staying hydrated, exercising can all support microbiome function.

There’s also value in choosing the right products for your skin. There is a huge difference between "clean" and "sterile." Our obsession with being as clean as possible has generally resulted in removing all bacteria from our skin, including the beneficial and necessary ecosystem that is our skin microbiome. “We may actually be damaging our microflora with soap or other alkaline topical products and setting the stage for increased risk for skin issues,” says Dr. Fitzgerald.

Mother Dirt’s Microbiome-Balancing Skincare Products

That’s where supplementation with topical probiotics (like ours here at Mother Dirt) comes in. Unlike other skin care lines, Mother Dirt’s innovative skin, hair and body care line offers a new standard in biotic-infused skin care. We use naturally-derived ingredients and a science-first approach to help maintain your microbiome.

Here is how Mother Dirt’s restorative skin probiotics can help restore and maintain your skin microbiome:

AO+ Restorative Mist

The patented ingredient in Mother Dirt’s AO+ Restorative Mist, live Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (also known as AOB), interacts with elements naturally found in your sweat to produce two powerful byproducts - Nitrite and Nitric Oxide - that are essential to a balanced skin microbiome. 

By restoring this essential component to your skin, the Mist helps to protect and maintain healthy skin in addition to improving skin clarity, tone and smoothness.

The PeaceKeeper: Our Active Probiotics System Starter Kit

The PeaceKeeper features the foundations of our Active Probiotic System to repair the damage caused by traditional skincare and restore the skin microbiome, for your most biologically balanced and radiant skin. 

This kit is a great option for all skin types (including dry, oil, normal, or combination skin) and includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum and patented AO+ Restorative Mist. Together, these three products work together to help restore and maintain your skin’s natural ecosystem.

The Difference: Our Active Probiotics System Acne Treatment Kit

The Difference offers a new and revolutionary way of treating acne. It has been formulated to work together as an Active Probiotic System to restore the skin microbiome for improved clarity and smoother, healthier-looking skin.

This kit is ideal for those with acne-prone skin and uses powerful probiotics and FDA-approved salicylic acid to clarify, clear and smooth problem skin. A complete skin care system that helps treat acne in three easy steps, it includes our  Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Treatment Lotion and patented AO+ Restorative Mist. 

Probiotic Foaming Cleanser

Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser doesn't just clean skin. It uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin microbiome. Formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, it removes impurities and maintains an optimal pH level without stripping your skin of its essential balance, leaving it balanced and refreshed. Our Cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and has been dermatologically and clinically tested.

Probiotic Moisturizing Serum

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 our powerful blend of probiotic extracts help balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel smooth and nourished, revealing a glowing, healthier-looking complexion. Our Serum is non-comedogenic, has been dermatologically approved and helps soothe dry skin without feeling greasy.

Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash

Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash deeply cleanses hair while restoring balance to your scalp microbiome. It is specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to clean dirt, debris and impurities from hair without stripping - leaving hair feeling strong, full and soft.

Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner

For best results, we recommend following the Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash with Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner. This Conditioner has been specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to moisturize hair without weighing it down. Only a small amount is needed for smoother and healthier-looking hair.

Both our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner are oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and safe for color-treated hair. Plus, they are dermatologically tested and clinically tested.

Probiotic Body Wash

Mother Dirt Probiotic Body Wash gently cleanses dirt and oil from 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 help maintain a balanced microbiome. Our Body Wash has been dermatologically tested and is formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.

Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil

For best results, we recommend following the Probiotic Body Wash with Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil. This lightweight Body Oil soothes dry skin without feeling greasy or heavy. It contains ingredients like squalane, almond oil and apricot kernel oil to nourish and replenish dry skin, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help maintain your microbiome.

Both our Probiotic Body Wash with our Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil have been dermatologically tested and are formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.

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