Skin microbiome research has been in the limelight for a couple of years now. How has the cosmetics industry evolved since then and how have we incorporated our knowledge into skincare products, claims, and consumer communication?
It seems that the category has reached a plateau. While consumers are generally aware of the existence of the skin microbiome, they tend to underestimate the significance of the complex interactions between the skin and its microbiota and their impact on skin health. Maybe it’s time for a fresh perspective on the skin microbiome. When we talk about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbes, we’re really discussing the composition of microbes influencing factors like aging, sensitive skin, and dryness.
The skin microbiome does not simply sit on top of our skin – so where exactly is it located and where does it ‘come from’? And how do we determine what composition is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? To understand how the local environment dictates the composition of the skin microbiome, we need to know where it lives and thrives. While our skin’s follicular microbiome is inside the follicles, the core epidermal microbiome resides inside the stratum corneum.
How can active ingredients address specific microbial environments and what does that mean for the development of cosmetic products addressing the skin microbiome? In a recent article in Personal Care Magazine, Harald van der Hoeven discusses whether the skin microbiome is a cul-de-sac.
Read the full article here.