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Understanding Your Skin’s Microbiome

We’ve always been taught that bacteria are the bad guys. Even soap brands boast a 99.9% kill-rate when we wash our hands.

But, like with most things in life, when you paint with such a broad brush, you don’t get the whole picture.

The reality is certain bacteria on your skin are vital to its ability to function. In fact, and don’t freak out, but there exists an entire ecosystem of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live on your skin at all times. This bizarre little community is called a Microbiome.


The human microbiome consists of every single micro-organism living both on and in the human body. The relevance of these microfloral ecosystems was never truly understood until as recently as 2012 when the Human Microbiome Project was completed. Its purpose was to generate a ma