How, and to what extent, do certain bacteria in the skin microbiome influence skin conditions such as dryness or oiliness? DSM’s scientists have been investigating and for the first time, in a new, all-in-one, multicentre clinical study, they have demonstrated a link between changes in the composition of the skin microbiome and changes in physical skin conditions.
Their study also found that treatment with specific, wellestablished skin care actives such as OXY 229 PF (Saccharomyces Lysate), Syn-Up® (Benzylsulfonyl-D-Seryl-Homophenylalanine Amidino-benzamide Acetate), and Alpaflor® Alp®-Sebum (Epilobium Fleischeri Extract), resulted in beneficial effects in normal, dry and oily skin conditions. These effects were associated with changes in levels of Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus epidermidisand Corynebacterium kroppenstedtiibacteria in the skin microbiome.
As a beauty concept, the skin microbiome is gaining traction. An increasing number of cosmetic products making specific reference to the microbiome or prebiotic and probiotic ingredients are being launched, and the latest scientific discoveries about skin microbiota point to considerable and original potential for the personal care industry. As with any new hot topic however, there are many questions that need to be answered. From a market perspective for example, how much do consumers currently understand about the bacteria on their skin and how interested are they in ‘microbiome-friendly’ skin care or products and microbiome claims in general? And from a science perspective, what are the most meaningful ways to investigate, measure and analyse the skin microbiome; and which aspects of the complex interactions between the skin and its flora are most relevant to the world of skin care?
Beauty consumers and the skin microbiome
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