Ingredient Spotlight: The SE Microbiome Complex
What is the SE Microbiome Complex?
If you’ve looked around the Dermala website, you’ve probably noticed Dermala’s unique ingredient called the SE Microbiome Complex. It’s a patent-pending mix of prebiotics and postbiotics that work together to balance your skin microbiome. Dermala used inspiration from the skin microbiome to choose pre- and postbiotics that naturally occur on our skin. The prebiotic feeds the beneficial skin bacteria, while the postbiotics (produced by beneficial skin bacteria) kill the acne-causing bacteria, C. acnes.
Why should I care about my microbiome, though?
Your skin plays host to an entire microscopic world of microorganisms known as your skin microbiome (also known as your skin flora). Your skin flora is essential for protecting and nourishing your skin. In fact, your microbiome is so essential to your health that researchers consider it to be a supporting organ. Everyone’s microbiome composition is unique and has a broad diversity of different microorganisms, but with various skin conditions, like acne and eczema, the microbiome becomes unbalanced, and one specific species takes over. With acne, this species is the bacteria, C. acnes. Supporting a healthy and diverse microbiome is essential for keeping skin healthy.
What exactly are prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics?
Prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics are all components of the microbiome. Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial for our health. They naturally occur in fermented foods and yogurt. On the other hand, prebiotics are nutrients that encourage the growth of your beneficial bacteria, while postbiotics are metabolic byproducts released when beneficial bacteria “digest” prebiotics. Prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics are the makeup of your microbiome and significantly contribute to how it functions and is maintained.
Where can you get it?
CLEANSE with Benefits AM/PM Cleanser - $17.99
This gentle cleanser has a pH of around 5.5, which is closer to your skin's pH. It removes excess oil and debris from your skin without stripping it dry. It’s formulated with the SE Microbiome Complex to support your microbiome health and amino acids to lock in hydration.
SCANTILY Pad AM/PM Acne Treatment - $29.99
These pre-medicated pads are formulated with the SE Microbiome Complex, salicylic acid, and Aloe vera to balance your skin flora, unclog pores, and soothe your skin.