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All About Bacteria

The Microbiome Explained

What is the Microbiome?

The microbiome is the name given to all of the microbes (bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that live inside the human body - in the gut - as well as on the skin - and everyone’s microbiome is unique! In fact, we each contain as many microbial cells as we do our own human cells.

The microbiome is essential for human development, immunity, nutrition and overall health - including skin health. When our microbiomes are balanced, the bacteria living in and on us keep us healthy. Autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia are associated with dysfunction in the gut microbiome. Acne, eczema, and other skin diseases are associated with dysfunction in them
skin AND gut microbiome.

Your skin microbiome is an incredible ecosystem of bacteria on the skin's surface. It works to guard you against pathogens that could affect your skin and overall health. When your microbiome is balanced, your skin looks and feels healthy.

How can I keep my Microbiome Healthy?

The beneficial, good bacteria in your gut and skin microbiome are also known as probiotics and are essential for a variety of functions from training your immune system, to synthesizing necessary nutrients and vitamins, and protecting your body from harmful disease-causing pathogens. When these good bacteria flourish, they are able to kill bad bacteria - including bad, acne-causing bacteria.

In order for the probiotics (healthy, good bacteria) to flourish they need nutrients to provide them with energy to survive. Food used by the probiotics is called prebiotics which are typically non-digestible fibers and complex carbohydrates that help strengthen the probiotics .

About Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics

When probiotics digest and metabolize prebiotics , they release a series of small molecules, peptides, amino acids, enzymes, and proteins - known as postbiotics.

Postbiotics are thought to aid in skin and digestive health, regulate our mood, and fight off disease-causing pathogens, including acne-causing bacteria - and deliver some of the benefits that we associate with probiotics.

To keep your gut and skin microbiome healthy, it’s important to eat a diet that is naturally rich in whole foods, fruits and vegetables and probiotics. One of the best ways to support your microbiome health and specifically to harness your microbiome’s natural power to clear acne by killing acne causing bacteria is to supplement both your gut and skin microbiome with the right probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics.

SE Microbiome Complex®

Dermala’s Patented SE Microbiome Complex® is a microbiome based ingredient used in our SCANTILY Pads® acne treatment pads as well as our CLEANSE With Benefits facial cleanser. SE Microbiome Complex® contains skin microbiome-derived prebiotics and postbiotics that specifically target acne causing bacteria on the skin, reduce inflammation, and work to treat acne by killing the acne causing bacteria while allowing beneficial probiotics on the skin to flourish. SE Microbiome Complex® when used in combination with acne treatment ingredients increases the efficacy of ingredients, without increasing any side effects of dryness, flakiness, redness, stinging or irritation.

Skin Protection

Dermala’s SUPPLEMEANT To Be® is a once daily prebiotic and probiotic supplement formulated specifically for acne sufferers. Our unique blend of scientifically proven ingredients were specifically selected for their acne-fighting and skin health benefits - working both in the gut and at skin level.

Prebiotic phage mix PreforPro® reduces overgrowth of inflammation promoting E.coli bacteria in the gut and improves the growth and performance of good, acne-fighting probiotic bacteria that were shown to reduce inflammation and number of acne lesions on the skin, - the 6.25 billion CFUs of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and B. subtilis.

Zinc is a natural antibiotic that helps kill acne-causing bacteria and decrease inflammation and number of acne lesions on the skin. Vitamin A reduces skin oiliness and together with vitamins C and E provides super-antioxidant skin protection. Spinach extract contains natural antioxidants for optimal skin health.