Your Microbiome, Everything You Need to Know
At Dr. Elsa Jungman you could say we are pretty passionate about the microbiome. Science has shown us that the microbiome is truly the key to skin health. Simply put, if your microbiome is unbalanced, it is likely your skin health will also be in poor shape. Our goal is to educate all on science-backed skin health and the importance of caring for your microbiome, to learn more about the microbiome and its paramount importance, read on.
So, What is the Microbiome?
The microbiome is the invisible layer of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on the surface of your skin. It is an entire universe of trillions of residents, calling your skin home. Don’t worry it's less scary than it might sound. This ecosystem works in epic cohesion to protect your body from outside irritants, and act as the first line of defense against outside viruses.
All these microorganisms living on our skin are in constant conversation with the skin’s tissues to keep a healthy balance. Cells in your skin perform background checks on microorganisms around them to identify bad ones. The cells work with good microorganisms to kill off any dangerous creatures.
This means that microorganisms like bacteria are always protecting you from outside threats.
They fight pathogens, fungus, and parasites which may cause diseases or infections. We can also thank them for combating inflammation and helping our skin repair itself. See below for an illustration of your skin layers and where your microbiome lives:
What is an Unbalanced Microbiome?
When our microbiome is unbalanced, the bacteria and fungi on our skin that are meant to protect our skin can fail and leave our skin prone to illnesses. An unbalanced microbiome can cause common skin conditions like: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and more. However, the status of our microbiome is ever-changing and can be altered due to multiple factors such as: getting a new pet, moving to a new city, hormonal changes, dietary changes, ect.
Example of a Healthy Skin Microbiome
How Can I Protect my Microbiome?
Protecting your microbiome begins with awareness of what products you are using in your skincare routine. Many popular skincare products contain essential oils, fragrances, alcohol, and other ingredients proven to be harmful to your microbiome. Opt for products that are certified microbiome - friendly, and contain minimal ingredients to allow your microbiome to flourish.
What Should I Avoid when it comes to my Microbiome?
Caring for your microbiome can sound daunting, but the reality is far from that. We believe in the less is more philosophy. the truth is, your microbiome thrives best when it's left alone. Here are some things to avoid when it comes to keeping your microbiome in tip top shape:
- Avoid products that contain: Essential oils, alcohol, foaming agents, soaps, + added perfumes
- Do not overwash your face. Once a day is best for your face, letting your skin have some time to balance itself out before putting on more products could actually help your microbiome balance itself.
- Avoid using large amounts of harsh actives (like retinol) that might make your skin sensitive + reactive. If you do choose to use actives, make sure to patch test on your skin first to ensure it won't negatively react with your skin
Can I Test my Microbiome?
YES! Our Skin Microbiome Kit Test is the perfect place to start. This test will give you an intimate overview of the bacteria and fungi living on your skin's surface, along with a microbiome score based on your test results. In addition you will receive dietary and kin care recommendations based on your skin profile. To learn more about the test click here!
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Our goal at Dr. Elsa Jungman is to empower people with science-backed knowledge regarding their skin. We hope you'll join us on our mission to reconnect you to your skin.