Why Bugs Could Be The Secret to Better Skin

Ruby Feneley

Yes, you read that correctly

The microbiome has become as big a news in skincare as it is in wellness. So what exactly can microbiome skincare products do for your skin?

“The skin’s microbiome is basically a combination of bacteria, yeast and fungi that live on the skin,” explains Dr Ritu Gupta, of Platinum Dermatology Sydney. While they might sound off-putting, these bugs, yeasts and fungi are essential to gut and complexion health. If we look at bacteria alone, there are over 1 billion microbes per square centimetre of skin on our face (whether we’re comfortable with that idea or not).

“They live in harmony with us and contribute to the innate immune response between our skin and the world around us,” says Gupta.

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