Your Skin’s Microbiome: The Ultimate Protection
Posted May 2021
Written by Jamie Barrows
When you hear the word “bacteria,” what are the first things that come to mind? Germs? Ugly tiny organisms covering kitchen counters? If you are like most people, you’re likely drumming up poor imagery in your head. Believe it or not, bacteria get a horrible reputation. In fact, only 1% of the thousands of different types of bacteria are harmful to humans (Medline Plus Bacterial Infections). There are infectious bacteria such as streptococcus (strep throat) or e. coli, and then there are good bacteria. Your skin’s microbiome is made up of these GOOD microorganisms (bacteria). They hold an essential job: keeping your skin healthy so it can continue being your ultimate shield against environmental irritants and influence a healthier you.
Your skin is an ecosystem made up of good bacteria, all of which serve a purpose. While antibacterial skincare products had steadily risen in popularity through the years, and though these protect against some unhealthy bacteria, more and more consumers realize the importance of a healthy and balanced microbiome too. Disrupt your skin’s microbiome, and you could be putting yourself at risk for conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis (La Roche-Posay What is the Skin Microbiome and Why is it Important?). When you maintain the health of your skin, you are protecting the microbiome it holds. Don’t take care of your skin’s barrier, and small tears from ailments like dehydration or acne can provide a way for those harmful bacteria we often associate the word with to enter your body.
At Bradford, we have done the research, and we know – your skin’s microbiome is SO crucial in keeping you healthy. That’s why we’ve developed our new Microbiome Bar. This soap-free formula has added prebiotic and probiotic elements and a low pH level, making it perfect for sensitive skin while promoting a healthy balance of good bacteria. Contact us today to learn how we can customize this beneficial solid cleansing product for your customers.
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