What is the Microbiome and Why Do We Care?

Many skincare experts tout balancing your microbiome as the best way to stay glowing and beautiful (inside and out). But what exactly is the microbiome and why should we pay attention?

Stay blemish free and glowing. Lean in a little bit closer, and guess what, friends? Turns out, the secret to beautiful skin actually begins in your gut.

What is the Microbiome?

We know that all of us play host to a unique variety of microorganisms. This includes bacteria, fungi, and viruses. According to Base Clear, we actually carry more microorganisms than the number of our own human cells (about the weight of our brain)!

These microorganisms cover both the inside and outside of our body and make up what we know as the microbiome.

Studies and doctors call the relationship between the bacteria in the body the gut-skin-brain axis.

This axis can be held responsible for our overall health. It affects our metabolic process, immunity, how our organs interact, and more. When balance becomes disrupted, that’s when disease can occur.

How Does the Microbiome Affect the Gut?

Go with your gut! In Marie Veronique’s Acne Answer, she says the secret to our skin is to first look at our internal skin.

The lining of the digestive tract is called the epithelium and when stretched out, our internal skin can cover an entire tennis court.

Microbiota are the microorganisms that mediate internal skincare health as it manages the health of the epithelium. The epithelium (which makes it different than other tissue) becomes nourished through short-chain fatty acid process.

When the epithelia barrier is not deeply nourished, the skin becomes less efficient at preventing bacteria from reaching our body’s bloodstream.

When bacteria reach the bloodstream, our body becomes inflamed.

How Does the Microbiome Affect the Skin?

Through looking at the gut and the relationship between the microbiota and the epithelium, we can begin to see the parallels in the other parts of our bodies. There is more research being done to better understand these parallels.

When the label on your skincare suggests that they’re crafted with the microbiome in mind, it means that they don’t strip the bacteria, but instead work to balance. For example, acne treatments like Benzyl Peroxide have been used to treat acne; however working with peroxide has long term effects like diminished efficacy, premature aging, and stripping of the skin.

Skincare efforts to treat acne should be focused on the long-term with sustainable approaches. 

How Do We Balance the Microbiome?

While we know that nourishing our guts prevents imbalances that could lend themselves to chronic inflammation, more research is being done to understand this precise balance. But if you’re looking for a way to work with and balance your microbiome? Doctor’s suggest:

  1. Consuming Fermented Foods
  2. Consuming Fiber
  3. Supplementation of Prebiotics and Probiotics
  4. Replacing Artificial Antibiotics
  5. Eliminating Stress

Our founder, Jelena, focuses on prebitoics in her approach. She tells us, “In order to maintain a healthy microbiome it is important to consider prebiotics, the food for bacteria to thrive on, probiotics, the live bacteria, and post biotics, the essential micronutrients that are found in soil.

Remember, diversity is key, and it is important to always incorporate as many different fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially fruits and vegetables that contain sources of prebiotics, such as apples, sweet potatoes, cabbage, radish.” 

Marie Veronique’s line of skincare is created with the microbiome in mind. Learn more about her line and read the studies in her book Acne Answers here.