The Skin Microbiome
Just as we can have leaky gut, we can have leaky skin too. Here's how you can take care of your skin microbiome.

If you’ve had a recent appointment with me, you know how much emphasis I put on gut health. We have become aware of the importance of our gut’s microbiome, but did you know that the body has 5 different microbiomes? They are gut, skin, vaginal, respiratory, and oral. These communities of microorganisms work together as an ecosystem, so their environment contributes to whether or not they thrive. When one of the systems is out of balance, it leads to problematic conditions such as digestive complaints, gynecological complaints, respiratory problems, and skin disorders. Stress, diet, medications, and other factors can throw the harmony of the microbiome off in our gut, but also in our other microbiomes. Just as we can have leaky gut, we can have leaky skin too. When we upset the delicate balance of bacteria on our skin, it compromises the skin barrier, making way for a number of chronic conditions like rosacea, allergies, acne, eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections, and accelerated skin aging. Found in the outermost layer of your epidermis, the skin’s barrier protects everything beneath it. It is our body’s largest organ and acts as a critical defense to the outside world.

Research has shown that the microflora of the skin does not just exist on the outer layer. In fact, it extends deep into the dermis all the way down to the thin layer of fat under our skin. The bacteria in our skin interface with our immune system, and when the bacteria are imbalanced, the immune system responds with inflammation which can cause the previously listed skin disorders. When your skin biome is balanced, it can withstand a wide variety of stressors including hormone fluctuations, sun exposure, various weather conditions, and problematic bacteria, viruses and yeast, without breaking down or showing problems.  Over-cleansing, over-washing with improperly pH balanced soaps, excessive use of hand sanitizers, and over-exfoliating disturb the delicate balance of bacteria compromising the barrier and can result in inflammation. Tending to your skin’s microbiome and rebuilding it is necessary in all stages of life to regain skin health.

The average US woman uses 12 personal care products daily and is exposed to roughly 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group. This is of concern because the skin will absorb roughly 80% of an applied substance. We spend a lot of time in our office educating people on the importance of reducing toxins in the body on a daily basis with things like eating organic food, drinking clean water, and taking natural products that support detoxification, but too often we do not emphasize the importance of skin care and beauty products. They are one of the most significant sources of toxin exposure and are linked to thyroid disease, diabetes, and inability to lose weight. After extensive research and our own personal trials, we are excited to have found a skincare line that lives up to our standards of safety, purity, and most importantly effectiveness, as many skincare lines fail to deliver reliable results.

On a mission to create safe skincare that is truly effective and respects the microbiome of the skin, Marie-Véronique Nadeau began formulating products 10+ years ago. Her training in chemistry is clearly visible in her results-driven, biomimetic formulas, which have rapidly developed a dedicated following. I am excited to now offer the Marie-Véronique line at our clinic. Her line effectively addresses specific skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, inflammation, acne, rosacea, aging, and skin health maintenance with products that can be thought of as your skin’s daily dose of topical vitamins. They are carefully formulated to exclude all synthetic and toxic chemicals, have a perfect pH balance, and support the restoration of the skin’s microbiome.

Pre-orders will qualify for a free gift. Call or email the office to find out which products would be appropriate for your skin and for pricing.



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