Dermatologist gives insights on the microbiome of your skin
No, not yet. We don’t know enough and the subject is more complicated than it may seem. We are starting to see skin care companies and supplement companies rush to ride the buzz with sales – but wait. Understanding the skin microbiome is still in the early days and NO ONE knows enough to reach conclusions.
The microbiome of your skin is diverse and complex, impacts your skin’s health and your body’s overall health
The microbes on your skin interact; they vary on different parts of your skin (face, fold, dry area, oily area, etc); they play a role in skin immunity; and they can help or hurt your skin health. Just exactly how this works though is an actively evolving area of scientific research.
We don’t know enough to say which skin microbes are helpful or harmful, what the optimal population diversity should be where and when on your skin. It’s too early to try to ‘curate’ your skin’s microbiome with probiotic or prebiotic (products that help some microbes to grow). I recommend you wait. If it is an interesting topic to you, listen, but don’t reach conclusions yet. It’s early days.