We’ve all heard about the gut microbiome (population of bacteria) but did you know that your skin had its own microbiome?
We now know that that skin microbiome is implicated in several skin health conditions including Atopic Dermatitis (AD) but also acne, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Research has shown that the skin and intestinal microbiomes are similar in a number of ways:
Treatment usually focuses on antimicrobial and antibiotic creams and current research is looking into crems that target the over abundant staphylococcus strains specifically.
How to support your skin microbiome
Your skin and gut microbiomes are closely linked, so here are my top tips for maintaining a healthy skin microbiome:
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