Our bodies play host to a thriving ecosystem of microbes - bacteria, fungi, mold, yeast and viruses - known as the ‘Human Microbiome’. Over 10,000 microbial species make up this population, perhaps outnumbering human cells as much as 10-to-1, yet their presence was not known until recently. In less than five years, the skin’s microbiome has gone from the dustbin of orphan research to now being recognized as the skin’s ‘Second Barrier.’ Come and explore the gut-skin axis and gain a roadmap to what some consider a newly discovered organ – and the next target in cosmetic innovation.
The June speaker is a preeminent industry ingredient expert and skin care formulator who has addressed professional audiences around the globe. She covered microbiome product concepts for next-generation cosmetics, including cosmetic ingredients currently available to work with – instead of against – the microbes in our personal ecosystems. Topics included:
- How the Human Microbiome Project is opening the way to product development
- Friendly vs. hostile bacteria
- Topical locations and functions of each genera and specific species
- How current skin care practices create dysbiosis (microbiota imbalance)
- Microbial imbalances associated with aging, eczema, rosacea, vitiligo and acne
- Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics
- Microbiome-targeted ingredients
- Possibilities for cosmetics: skin, hair, body and tooth care; deodorants; wound care; etc.
- Citizen science projects
This was a “Don’t Miss Presentation” for everyone involved in cosmetic product development and marketing.