The Microbiome is a complex network of microorganisms inhabiting the surface of the skin. The network consist of trillions of microorganisms also called microbiota or microbes, and in a healthy person these little guys coexist peacefully. Each person has an entirely unique network of microbiota that is originally determined by one’s DNA. A person is first exposed to microorganisms as an infant, during delivery in the birth canal and through the mother’s breast milk. Exactly which microorganisms the infant is exposed to depends solely on the species found in the mother. Later on, environmental exposures and diet can change one’s microbiome to be either beneficial to health or place one at greater risk for disease. Healthy microorganisms ideally live atop both, competing with harmful bacteria for food and space as the skin provides the food source known as ceramides. These beneficial bacteria, along with our body's natural oils, create the microbiome. Research shows that regular use of antibiotics (bacteria-killing substances) causes gaps to form in our microbiome, which enables toxins to penetrate our skin. Most soaps and lotions contain antibiotic properties bringing harm to the microbiome and leaving room for harmful bacteria to colonize the skin. If microbiota are so vital to our health, how can we ensure that we have enough or the right types?
You may be familiar with probiotics or perhaps already using them. These are either foods that naturally contain microbiota, or supplement pills that contain live active bacteria—advertised to promote digestive health. Probiotic supplement sales exceeded $35 billion in 2015, with a projected increase to $65 billion by 2024. They make up a multi-billion dollar industry that is evolving in tandem with quickly emerging research showing how the microbiome works.
The microbiome is a living dynamic environment where the relative abundance of species may fluctuate daily, weekly, and monthly depending on diet, medication, exercise, and a host of other environmental exposures. However, scientists are still in the early stages of understanding the microbiome’s broad role in health and the extent of problems that can occur from an interruption in the normal interactions between the microbiome and its host. For now our mission is to help restore your skin's microbiome, so we have infused our salves with healthy, lab-tested probiotic cultures that will help to restore your microbiome’s beneficial populations.