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How a Happy Microbiome Impacts Our Skin Health

In today’s microbiome-aware era, we understand the crucial role of the bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and protozoa that live on and within us. Cosmetic Medicine and Plastic Surgery Nurse Deborah Seib-Daniell has been treating skin for 20 years and explains how microbes can help our skin flourish or fail.

Deborah Seib-Daniell

Deborah Seib-Daniell

Plastic Surgery Nurse

Article written by Cosmetic Medicine and Plastic Surgery Nurse Deborah Seib-Daniell. 

How is Gut Health Connected to Skin Health

Many of our skin concerns can be linked back to the microbes in our gut.

Our skin harbour more bacterial genes than human genes, forming a complex superorganism. From skin health and hormone regulation to immune function and even mood, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is vital.

As reported recently in The Guardian, this intricate relationship underscores the importance of nurturing our microbiome for overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, many aspects of modern life, such as poor diet, excessive hygiene practices and sedentary lifestyles, are detrimental to our microbial companions. However, by making informed choices, we can support a thriving microbiome.

A diverse gut microbiome is essential for skin health. Dysbiosis, or an imbalance in microbial diversity, can allow pathogenic germs to proliferate.

A high-fiber diet rich in plant foods is key. While an occasional indulgence won’t harm your microbiome, consistent healthy eating habits can make a significant difference.

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Fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut are beneficial as they provide probiotics, which contribute to microbial diversity. These foods also offer prebiotics, such as inulin found in chicory, onions, garlic, and Jerusalem artichokes, which nourish your microbes.

Regular exercise and good sleep patterns also positively impact your microbiome. Chronic healthiness through long-term fitness and healthy living is crucial. Probiotic supplements may be beneficial if you’ve taken antibiotics or during periods of poor diet or travel, but choose scientifically proven brands such as Bioceuticals SB Restore.

Microbiome and Skin Health

Our skin microbiota, or the organisms living on our skin, form a living barrier that protects us from pathogens and regulates our local immune system. Maintaining a diverse skin microbiota is essential for skin health.

Microbial colonisation begins at birth and evolves over time. However, modern environmental factors like UV radiation and pollution can disrupt this balance. Using sunscreen and moisturizers can help protect and nourish your skin microbiome. Quality moisturisers, like Synergie Skincare’s Dermiotic act as “soil” for the skin, fostering a healthy microbiota.

Dermiotic is a daily elixir fortified with prebiotics and postbiotics, to balance the surface microbiome of the skin. I recommend a few drops each day to target the appearance of skin stress, redness and irritation; it leaves your skin feeling balanced, soothed and refreshed.

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Avoid harsh toners and traditional soaps, as they can strip away beneficial oils and disrupt the skin’s pH balance. Instead, opt for mild cleansers like Synergie Skincare’s BioCleanse. Chemical exfoliation with treatments such as peels are a gentler alternative to physical exfoliation methods like loofahs and body brushing.

Maintaining a healthy microbiome, whether through diet, skincare, or lifestyle choices, is vital for overall skin health. At our Brisbane and Ipswich cosmetic medicine clinics, we understand the importance of supporting your microbiome. 

Visit our cosmetic medicine clinics in Brisbane or Ispwich for personalised advice and treatments to support a thriving microbiome. Call 3202 4744 to book a complimentary consultation.