Everything you need to know about your skin’s flora
Just like within our organism, and particularly in our digestive tract, countless microorganisms reside on our skin’s surface, including bacteria. Most of them are not harmful and do not cause any issues for healthy adults, however, in certain cases, resident microbes can cause skin inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, eczema, or acne.
Research has shown that keeping a healthy skincare barrier is pertinent in preventing resident microbiota from becoming pathogenic. Without going too much into the science of the specific kinds of microorganisms, it is sufficient for most of us to keep in mind that the general rules for sensitive skin applies in maintaining healthy microbe balance and a healthy skin barrier function.
One skincare ingredient that recently has attracted much attention is probiotics. Many may already have incorporated a probiotic supplement or simply probiotic rich foods such as yoghurts or kimchi, and may have seen positive changes in our skin. In fact, a member of the Pure Tincture team has seen a dramatic improvement in inflammatory acne after regularly taking probiotics.
Apart from oral probiotics, many products now include probiotics as part of their formulations with an aim to encourage a healthier skin flora and reduce the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions. An over consumption of pro-inflammatory food (ultra-processed, deep fried, sweetened, preserved), stressful lifestyle that is poorly managed, lack of sleep, and other factors can cause an imbalance in our gut microbe and eventually affect our skin. This often manifests itself through inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or rosacea flare ups.
Recent scientific literature suggests that the skin’s microflora plays an important role in the regulation of the skin’s immune and inflammatory response; in other words, a well-balanced skin microflora could potentially reduce inflammatory skin conditions. Regularly incorporating these sensitive-skin friendly products are definitely worth the shot, especially since many of them have other beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and skin hydrating ingredients.
Pure Tincture’s top picks for improving your skin’s (and scalp) microflora.
Formulated with rose water and pink diamond powder, this luxurious cleanser incorporates probiotic enzymes to further refine the skin, leaving you with a bright complexion.
Packed with marine algae extracts, this cleanser boasts plant-based probiotics and lactic acid. Gently exfoliate while restoring the skin’s natural barrier with this antioxidant rich cleanser.
Ideal for clogged complexions, this masque contains probiotics to reduce inflammation while clarifying the skin. Mix this clean greek yogurt (non sugared) with this mask to get a powered up face mask for brightening effect and skin’s restoration.
Containing probiotic rich pomegranate enzymes that help to fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, post-acne hyperinflammation, this vitamin C charged facial polish is perfect for sensitive skin types.
Our new favourite shampoo, this low pH restorative shampoo contains a proprietary blend of probiotics and prebiotics that helps to soothe irritated scalps while nourishing the scalp with a blend of antioxidants and peptides. The result is a refreshed scalp and brighter hair overtime.