Active ingredient | Redness and itching on the skin are often a sign of diseases in which the skin microbiome is no longer in balance. Scientists managed to identify a bacterium that could help restore this imbalance. Prof Dr Christine Lang reports on the positive effects it can achieve.
The skin microbiome is proving to be the next dimension in skin care. So far, the concept of the microbiome and products specifically addressing it have been missing from many existing skin care regimes. The microbiome revolution started when researchers realised that the skin flora needs to be in the focus when treating irritated and diseased skin. The natural microbiome becomes seriously disturbed in situations where our skin is stressed. And it is literally destroyed in cases of skin disease, such as atopic dermatitis. Human skin is normally covered and protected by commensal bacterial friends such as Staphylococcus epidermidis. Once the healthy microbiome is disturbed, the skin is no longer shielded from external damage. Instead, an inflammation bacterium can spread without control: Staphylococcus aureus, typically found in wounds, can take up all the space on the skin.…
Published in COSSMA 9/2021