Protect Your Skin Microbiome

When it’s not balanced, it can lead to acne, eczema and more.

Like your gut, your skin also has a complex system of bacteria and fungi living on its surface. “It sounds weird and scary, but it’s actually good for you,” says Mike Rogowski, M.D., a dermatologist based in Murray, Utah. “Think of your skin’s microbiome as an invisible shield that keeps it protected.”

In fact, these microorganisms may play a crucial role in how our skin looks and feels, according to recent research, even contributing to issues like acne, eczema, and allergic reactions. 

“When the skin microbiome is balanced, it empowers your skin’s natural ability to foster a more youthful, moisturized appearance,” Rogowski explains. A healthy skin microbiome also protects from environmental factors (think: UV rays and pollution) that cause irritation and dryness. 

Without that strong barrier, though, everything is imbalanced: “Environmental conditions can damage your skin, causing it to be too oily or dry,” Rogowski says. 

And while any skincare pro will tell you that washing your face after a workout is a good idea, harsh and frequent cleansing is one of the main contributors to skin microbiome disruption. 

The answer, of course, isn’t to stop washing your face. Instead, Rogowski recommends boosting your skin’s barrier with these these innovative formulas that contain beneficial microorganisms.