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DSM in Personal Care

Epibiotics: the role of the skin microbiome in epidermal care

A unique approach

At DSM, we see maintaining balance in the skin microbiome as an integral part of epidermal care. This is because the epidermis both provides the environment in which microbes thrive and acts as a barrier, protecting the body against bacterial infiltration. Our EPIBIOTIC approach is built on the belief that a strong epidermal barrier and balanced skin microbiome are both needed to restore, strengthen and preserve healthy skin. It focuses on the interaction of microbiota in the epidermis and looks at specific molecules and the effects they trigger in the skin.
DSM Epibiotic approach on skin microbiome

Our CORNEOCARE™ approach, promoting a holistic view of epidermal skin care, is the perfect partner to EPIBIOTICS. A functioning epidermis is an essential aspect of having a fresh, vibrant complexion, so by working on biological processes in the dermis and epidermis, we can build a healthy and strong epidermal barrier.

Leading the way with new research in skin microbiome 

Our well-established and proven formulations, SYN UP™ and PENTAVITIN®, already support the skin microbiome but there is still much to discover about the symbiotic interaction between skin and its flora.  With our leading expertise in microbiology, skin science and epidermal bioactives, DSM is well-placed to carry out cutting-edge research in this area.  Our studies will go beyond identifying microbes on the skin to explore a number of questions:

  •  In what conditions are microbes either beneficial or harmful to the skin, and why?
  •  What might trigger imbalances in the skin flora and how can we rebalance these? 
  • How do some of the less usual strains of bacteria in the skin microbiome affect the skin’s appearance? 

In the future, we look forward to using our findings to come up with new approaches and innovative products to rebalance the skin microbiome, thus promoting skin health and stimulating the skin’s natural defenses.