Creating the right environment for healthy skin
Like the digestive system, the skin has its own individual community of microbiota which changes throughout a person’s lifetime according to their age, diet, environment and lifestyle. In the past, bacteria have, more often than not, been perceived as something that need to be removed from the skin, but are skin care products that strip away bacteria doing more harm than good? Creating a healthy environment for all bacteria on the skin is increasingly thought to be key to achieving a balanced, resilient complexion and natural glow, and to slowing down the signs of skin aging.
There is still much to discover about the symbiotic interaction between skin and the microbiome. For example, what effect do different levels of bacteria have on skin barrier function or skin vitality? And which products can rebalance these bacteria and improve such conditions? DSM already boasts leading scientific expertise in the gut microbiome and so our scientists are well placed to embark on original research into the skin microbiome, in conjunction with experts and research institutes around the world.