What is skin microbiome and what impact does it have on health?
Did you know that trillions of microorganisms inhabit our body and skin? While some of these microorganisms are pathogens and bacteria linked to illness, most of these organisms are necessary for our body to function correctly.
We call this community of microorganisms that dwell on our skin the skin microbiome. So what is the skin microbiome, and what impact does it have on our health? This article will identify the research being done into the skin microbiome and what products are available to support your microbiome.
What is the skin microbiome?
As we mentioned previously, skin microbiome is a term for the community of microorganisms that live on our skin.
Until recently, microbes on our skin were seen as pathogens or innocuous symbiotic organisms. According to an author’s manuscript on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, recent “advances in microbiology and immunology are revising our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of microbial virulence” and the host-microbe interaction.
The review further states that “these organisms may protect the host.” Research has started to study the effects of our skin microbiome and what the relationship is between these microbes and humans. However, some studies have already found positive impacts relating to our microbiome.
What impact does skin microbiome have on health?
In 2012, the National Institute of Health Human Microbiome Project described that “most of the time, microorganisms live in harmony with their human hosts, providing vital functions essential for human survival.”
Microorganisms actually outnumber human cells by 10 to 1 according to the NIH report. HMP researchers were able to calculate more than 10,000 microbial species in the human ecosystem.
These species have been shown to help support healthier skin and defend against other microorganisms. Some of this has been attributed to the probiotic bacteria that resides on the skin.
The role of pre-, pro-, and postbiotics in the skin microbiome
Studies have shown links between the skin microbiome and that of the human gut. Bacteria in the human gut known as probiotics break down the prebiotics in our diet, which creates a byproduct of short chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are known as postbiotics.
Generally, humans consume probiotics by eating fermented foods. This includes yogurt, sauerkraut, cottage cheese, kombucha, cheese, pickles, kimchi, and more. The probiotic bacteria found in these foods then inhabit your stomach, where they break down prebiotics such as onions, bananas, and garlic.
The resulting postbiotic byproducts have been shown in various studies to support health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Other studies, such as one from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands in 2019, has found evidence that “postbiotics can have direct immunomodulatory and clinically relevant effects and evidence can be found for the use of postbiotics in healthy individuals to improve overall health and to relieve symptoms in a range of diseases such as infant colic and in adults atopic dermatitis.”
While more studies are being commissioned by various institutions to further study the impact of pro- and postbiotics on our health, edible postbiotics have been used for years.
However, probiotics also reside on our skin. These probiotics work similarly to those in our gut by consuming prebiotics and releasing postbiotic byproducts. These postbiotics act as antioxidants and humectants that support healthy skin.
Unfortunately, these microbes and bacteria can be negatively affected by sulfates, such as those found in shampoos and soaps, age, and lifestyle choices. That’s why caring for our skin microbiome can help support healthier skin.
Revolutionary Skin Care Products That Help Support The Skin Microbiome
With emerging science regarding the skin microbiome, Systemic Formulas has developed three revolutionary skin care products that help to support your skin’s natural state.
The bacteria that inhabit human skin have been found to serve hundreds of activities including supporting the wound healing process and informing cell receptors to initiate cellular activities. Systemic Formulas wanted to create an innovative breakthrough in product formulation by presenting the body with truly viable cultures.
Systemic Formulas has developed a breakthrough skin prebiotic called Skin Vyrome.
Dr. Shayne Morris, a micro- and cellular biologist, introduced this patented formula into the MyByome biophage line in 2020 for clinicians seeking more options for supporting the skin’s normal, natural microbiome.
Humans are naturally exposed to trillions of phage in soil, water, and in our food. These phage play a crucial role in microbial diversity and population control. Our research and development team has created a process to create novel phage technologies for the skin.
Skin Vyrome supports normal skin microbiota balance and skin microbiome species diversity.
Systemic Formulas’ Skin Vyrome product revolutionizes the natural health approach to assisting the body’s normal microbial balance of prebiotic and probiotic influences.
Our prebiotic blend of Myoviridae, Podoviridae, and Siphoviridae is combined with water, NaCl, MgSO4, and Dipotassium Phosphate to support a healthy microbiome.
Derma Colonizer is a skin rebalancer with a proprietary oil blend and a probiotic microbiome blend with one billion microbes.
The challenge of topical probiotics has been to keep them alive long enough to get them to the consumer. This challenge has been successfully met by MyByome’s pioneering research team, under the guidance of Dr. Shayne Morris. These species, in their oil base, remain viable and thus can help re-introduce beneficial species for overall skin health.
Systemic Formulas proprietary oil blend includes many skin nourishing ingredients and vitamins.
Jojoba oil is a rich source of Vitamin E and B, while borage oil includes Gamma Linolenic Acid, which has a long history of supporting normal skin health. Hemp Oil is a good source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, alongside an established reputation for supporting smoother skin.
Kukui oil acts as a natural moisturizer, which has been used by Hawaiians for hundreds of years.
Our added ceramides, meanwhile, are the main lipid classes present in the skin matrix. These help to restore the altered skin barrier in dermatitis. Sea buckthorn oil contains 190 nutrients including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid. This acts as a cleanser and exfoliator of dead skin cells.
Alongside these oils is our microbiome blend of microbes, including Lactobacillus salivarius. According to the NIH, lactobacillus enables the skin to produce more antimicrobial peptides, which deals with inflammation and skin barrier functions.
Our blend also includes bifidobacterium infantis, a valuable species often in short supply in adult G.I. tracts. This species makes nascent B vitamins, helps to support intestinal terrain regulation, and helps to digest dairy products.
Early clinical studies suggest that topical application of commensal organisms such as Roseomonas mucosa can reduce AD severity, which supports commensals in decreasing S. aureus colonization in patients.
Furthermore, Systemic Formulas’ Derma Colonizer is the first probiotic product on the market to offer Staphylococcus epidermidis, a key microbe in healthy skin microbiota.
Other microbes included in our special blend are Lactobacillus paracasei, Bacillus licheniformis, and Staphylococcus xylosus.
Derma Colonizer helps to support the normal skin microbiome, support the resolution of discomfort regarding occasional rashes and itchiness, and to support the skin microbiome species diversity.
Alongside our Skin Vyrome skin prebiotic and Derma Colonizer skin rebalancer, Systemic Formulas has developed a skin probiotic known as Skin Byome.
MyByome’s pioneering research team has assembled the most important probiotic strains needed to support healthy skin and the normal skin microbiome, along with normal gut-skin-brain microbial axis support and species diversity.
Consuming probiotics can benefit our skin through the gut-skin axis. Research has shown a connection between skin microbial diversity and our skin’s immune system, and that of our G.I. immune system.
Skin Byome includes various key components that are essential to support the normal skin microbiome. This includes our proprietary probiotic blend with species like Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bacillus licheniformis, and Propionibacterium freudenreichii.
Also included is Micrococcus luteus, one of the most abundant phylum present on healthy skin. This organism is now available for the first time as a probiotic.
The skin microbiome is an important part of skin health. These microbes perform a variety of functions that help to support overall human health and skin. As we engage in certain activities or use antibacterial soaps or sulfates, our skin microbiome can become imbalanced.
Systemic Formulas’ three breakthrough topical skin care supplements, Derma Colonizer, Skin Vyrome, and Skin Byome support the body’s natural skin health and the natural balance of the skin microbiome.