Probiotics are a big buzzword right now, but it is just another way of saying “beneficial bacteria.” Topical probiotics, like the ones in Mother Dirt products, are essential to restoring the balance of the skin microbiome, which translates to healthier, glowing skin and a clearer complexion, no matter your skin type.
Here we’ll be exploring the skin microbiome, what happens when the skin microbiome becomes unbalanced and why topical probiotics are essential for restoring balance to achieve your best skin yet.
What is the Skin Microbiome?
Let’s start with defining 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 a vast collection of all the microbes (or skin flora) that 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.
What Does the Skin Microbiome Do?
The skin microbiome has many roles to play in keeping our bodies healthy. According to Mary-Margaret Kober, a board certified dermatologist in Naples, Florida, “the microbiome in your skin, the largest organ in your body, regulates inflammation and serves as a barrier against pathogens.”
Here is an overview of some of the functions of the skin microbiome and how it plays a role in our overall health:
The skin microbiome plays an important role in regulating your immune responses. The Illinois Science Council says that “by regulating and promoting your adaptive and innate immune responses, your skin microbiota prevents and contains infection.”
A healthy skin microbiome protects against infection in the same way that a balanced gut microbiome does -- by crowding out overgrowth of pathogenic organisms.
According to mindbodygreen, “the microbiome and skin immune system ‘talk’ to each other regularly, dampening inflammation.”
Why Is A Balanced Skin Microbiome Important?
Just like your gut microbiome can get knocked out and imbalanced, so can your skin microbiome. When your skin microbiome is in balance, your skin looks and feels healthier and glowing. A strong, healthy and balanced skin microbiome means that there are enough beneficial bacteria to keep pathogens and environmental aggressors at bay. In other words, beneficial bacteria are essential to keeping the peace, and a peaceful microbiome means skin that appears healthy, vibrant and clear.
What Causes Imbalance in the Skin Microbiome & What Happens When Imbalance Occurs?
A variety of factors can contribute to imbalance in the skin microbiome, according to Healthline - some of which include chronic inflammation, stress, changes in the skin’s pH levels, and your diet.
Traditional skin care is also one of the leading contributing factors, since it often contains chemicals that strip away good bacteria. Rather than nourish skin, traditional skincare has worked against it and disrupted its natural biological state. Your beneficial bacteria love a natural pH level of 5, but many soaps contain harsh ingredients with a pH of 10. These high levels of alkalinity can both damage the skin barrier and throw off the necessary environment that beneficial bacteria need to thrive.
That’s where topical probiotics and microbiome skin care come in...
What Are Probiotics?
In short, probiotics are live microorganisms that offer anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Also known as 'good bacteria', probiotics for your skin work similarly to those intended for gut health by restoring essential bacteria and rebalancing the skin microbiome.
How Does Probiotic Skin Care Work?
Probiotic skin care aims to put good bacteria back on the skin's surface to help balance and brighten the complexion. It also helps keep pH levels balanced and nurtures the skin microbiome.
“The skin microbiome is still an emerging area of research compared to the gut” says Lauren Trahan, Director of Product & Innovation. “But, probiotics are impacting your microflora in two key ways: by occupying space on your skin and by excreting metabolites. By taking up space, probiotics prevent pathogenic bacteria from taking over the skin. Additionally, many bacteria excrete enzymes which can protect skin, or anti-bacterial agents which further reduce pathogenic overgrowth.”
The Benefits of Topical Probiotics For Skin
According to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a New York City-based dermatologist, probiotics in skin care help by “acting as a protective shield against bad bacteria, dialing down inflammation, preventing premature aging in skin, among other things."
Let’s explore the three key benefits of probiotic skin care:
- Act as a protective shield to prevent more bad bacteria from entering your microbiome
- Combat the bad bacteria that has made its way in
- Repair skin function to better deal with environmental stressors like pollution
Mother Dirt’s Active Probiotic System
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 reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin clarity, tone and smoothness.
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 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 help maintain your microbiome.
Both our Probiotic Body Wash and our Probiotic Moisturizing Body Oil have been dermatologically tested and are formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, and synthetic fragrance.
Wrapping It Up
There are many reasons why your skin microbiome can become unbalanced which can unfortunately lead to a whole host of chronic skin conditions. For optimal skin health, we recommend using Mother Dirt’s Active Probiotic System to help restore and maintain your skin microbiome for healthier, radiant-looking skin.