What is the Skin Microbiome and How Can You Treat Skin Dysbiosis

 

The skin microbiome (skin flora, similar to the gut microbiome), simply put, is a complex environment that keeps our skin healthy. We’re talking about it because a healthy skin ages better than unhealthy sin. A healthy microbiome gives skin the environment to age better than skin with a dysbiosis (imbalance of flora); skin inflammation, irritation, premature ageing, can all be symptoms of an imbalance in skin flora and an impaired skin microbiome. Healthy microbiome is clear skin with natural oils.

Initial signs of Healthy Skin:

  • Skin has natural oils and secretions, especially in the morning and afternoon. These are essential for skin flora to thrive.

  • Skin isn’t inflamed. Inflamed skin can have patches of dry rough skin, redness, irritation, eczema, psoriasis.

  • Premature ageing, loss of lustre and hydration

Do you have a Skin Dysbiosis?

Q. Do you take weeks to heal from a minor break out, with a red small ‘scar’ remaining for weeks

Q. Do you regularly use soap?

Q. So you use a chemical exfoliant or glycolic?

Q. Does your skin go ‘crazy’ (break out, excess oil, dehydration) where it feels like the only thing that can make it better is to cleanse religiously with a vitamin A or glycolic scrub, or over use of toner

Q. Does your skin lack lustre and dew?

Q. Do you wake up to dry skin?

If you answer yes to a couple of these questions you might have an impaired skin microbiome.

You can recover the health of your skin flora with these simple steps.

  1. Home Kit matrix 3 x weekly for 6 weeks. This is how long one skin desquamation (skin cycle) lasts. Regularly treating skin over this six week period improves skin health, as new cells are replaces with the memory of the previous cell.

  2. Apply 2 drops of Fade Serum every night. Fade serum is a herbal formula active with medicinal extracts to assist restoring the skin microbiome. Active liquorice root extract, pomegranate and bearberry work to recover damage caused by UVA and UVB rays; pigmentation, discolouration, uneven skin tone.

  3. Apply 2-3 drops of Intense Oil. Antibacterial, nourishing a restoring, Intense Oil is food for skin. Nourish skin daily, morning and night. Intense oil can be used as a protective barrier in the morning before spf or makeup.

Taking Care of Your Skin Microbiome

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just as important for our skin as it is our gut - our guy microbiome can be disrupted by excess irritants or allergens, sugar, and caffeine. So can our skin. Maintaining a balanced diet is important for healthy skin.

  • What we put on our face makes a big difference to complex environment that skin flora thrive in - a balance of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ flora - both essential to maintain the balance. Using overly abrasive physical exfoliants, stripping the skin with glycolics, dehydrating skin with toners or astringents, using soap or pH disrupting washes can interfere with the natural balance of the microbiome.

  • Stress is often shown on the skin first; eczema, psoriasis, acne and break outs, rashes and skin irritations. Be mindful of your mental, emotional and physical stress when your skin becomes inflamed and reactive. Treating your skin in this instance is treating the symptom, not the cause.