Tuesday 9 August 2022

Microbiome Cosmetic Products: The Next Big Thing for Skincare


A post by Kajal Deshmukh

What is Skin Microbiome?

Skin microbiome is one aspect of a physical layer that helps protect from the outside world. It works alongside the other aspects of the skin to:

Fight Infection

Some microbes serve as natural antibiotics that help maintain the acidic nature of the skin, thereby preventing the growth of germs.

Help with Functioning of Immune System

Microbes in the skin work as a type of warning, sending an alert to the immune system about toxic bacteria or viruses. They also determine how the cells of the skin respond to UV light, which is known for causing skin cancer.

Heal Wounds & Curb Inflammation

Signals sent by the skin microbiome help activate or de-activate the body’s immune system, which helps in healing and controlling inflammation.

What Affects the Skin Microbiome?

The “core microbiota” can be described as a host of microorganisms generally present in the skin. These microbiotas turn quite stable very early in life, right around the age of 3. However, they eventually change.

For instance, hormones that grow during puberty facilitate the production of sebum, which is the skin’s natural oil. Certain bacteria are attracted to sebum. This is what makes acne a common occurrence during teenage. The makeup of the skin microbiome differs all throughout the body. Certain microorganisms grow in moist areas, such as the feet or elbow creases. Others thrive in oily or dry spots.

Other factors that affect the skin microbiome are:

·         Diet

·         Genes

·         Environment

·         Other lifestyle choices, like smoking

·         Exposure to UV light

·         Air pollution

Microbiome Cosmetic Products

Creating products that help bolster a healthy skin microbiome is one of the latest product innovation trends in the cosmetic sector. This trend has been attracting the focus of many renowned brands. The microbiome cosmetic products industry will take off in the coming years but is still hampered by the lack of supportive regulations and the shortage of robust clinical evidence that backs the functional efficiency of these products.

However, on the other hand, a few pieces of evidence that support the products’ commercial feasibility include the success of prebiotic and probiotic products, which have been commercialized in line with the rise in gut microbiome research activities.


Commercialization of Skin Microbiome Research

The skin microbiome concept is being leveraged by the cosmetics sector in three different ways:


Postbiotics involve soluble factors that are produced by live bacteria, or generated post bacterial lysis, like peptides, enzymes, peptidoglycan-derived muropeptides, teichoic acids, cell surface proteins, organic acids and polysaccharides.


Prebiotics refer to the fiber type that is indigestible to the human body. They act as food for the probiotics, fostering their growth.


Products containing probiotics that are considered “good bacteria,” help augment the number of favorable bacteria on the skin.

Microbiome Skincare

Microbiome skin care is actually one of the oldest concepts, however, the trend has recently made a comeback thanks to social media. The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed people’s interest in the preservation and protection of the skin’s immunity using science-based care. The worldwide industry has been experiencing an influx of different brands introducing skincare and cosmetic products that claim to protect the skin microbiome. Brands such as Mother Dirt, Symbiome, Osea, and Biophile have created a variety of microbiome-based cosmetic products that have postbiotics, probiotics, or prebiotics.

Consumers are given the choice of selecting from a wide variety of microbiome cosmetics such as serums, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. While previously, the clean beauty movement lacked science, today’s microbiome skincare has the solid backing of science, especially given the renewed consumer interest.

Microbiome Cosmetic Products Market Dynamics

Healthy aging has been a popular concept that allows consumers, irrespective of their age, to enjoy a socially inclusive, safe, and healthy lifestyle. Microbiome cosmetic products facilitate healthy aging by encouraging beauty and wellness from within, elevating body functions, and augmenting skin health.

The Age UK reveals that by 2024, over 60% of adults in the country will be more than the age of 50. In the UK, 18% of the men and 15% of the women are aged between 66 and 76, who primarily focus on exercises that meet the international standards of half an hour’s workout of mild intensity nearly four days a week. In the US, the population of older adults aged above 65 years will touch 90 million by 2055. The burgeoning geriatric populace mostly focused on healthy aging will favor the microbiome cosmetic products market in the years to follow.

Expanding Organized Retail Industry in Emerging Nations

The dramatic surge in people’s per capita disposable income and the subsequent rise in their purchasing capacity will be a tremendous opportunity for renowned brands. Asia Pacific is one of the top engines of worldwide growth and presents incredible growth prospects for the microbiome cosmetic products market. decent economic growth along with the increasing income levels will benefit the microbiome cosmetic products industry.

Furthermore, the mushrooming middle-class population in emerging countries has raised consumer expectations, altering the strategic parameters for the manufacturers active in the microbiome cosmetic products market. The escalating migration rate from rural locations to urban areas has bolstered the number of retailers. This is encouraging the growth of the retail outlets in India and China, which can be credited for the expansion of the microbiome cosmetic products market.


Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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