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I talk a lot about the skin microbiome—not just because I’m personally excited by new research around the topic, but because many experts I trust and respect also see the potential in microbiome skin care.
One of my favorite people to talk to about the microbiome is mbg staff member and board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. She’s currently best known for her skin care routine that went viral last year, but she’s also a regular on many media outlets, talk shows, and has amassed a huge following on social media.
A key part of what she talks about in skin care is barrier support, starting with the microbiome. “The skin barrier is a living, thriving ecosystem. It’s much more dynamic and complex than we first thought, she told me. – We need to find ways to keep it balanced, rich and prosperous. And in terms of restoring the skin barrier, it really has to start with the microbiome.”
And for this, she turns to pre- and post-biotics. For example, postbiotics are non-living beneficial products of probiotics that can “interact very positively with epidermal cells and the skin barrier.” She explains that there are several types of postbiotics, including essential fatty acids, antimicrobial peptides, and more. Prebiotics are like a fertilizer that can help “feed the good bugs.”