Supporting Your Skin Microbiome (part 2)
So here’s my final tips for supporting your skin microbiome. As mentioned in previous posts it’s all about supporting the bacteria already present on your skin- eg no harsh antibacterial products. But it is also about ensuring our skin is exposed to a diverse selection of microbes in the first place!
Why having a pet can reduce atopic conditions
Did you know that having a pet (with fur- fish don’t count!) can increase the amount of bacteria our skin is exposed to? Research has suggested that being exposed to pet dander as a child (or adult- it’s never too late!) reduces allergies, asthma and eczema. It is thought that the bacteria we are exposed to is the reason why.
Farmer’s children have fewer allergies
This may seem like a random fact throw out there especially if you’re not a farmer’s child. However, spending time outdoors in nature is a great way to meet some friendly bacteria. It has been shown that children growing up on dairy farms have fewer atopic conditions. There is a particular type of microbe in the feaces of cows that is beneficial to our microbiome. So next time you’re out in the country take in a great big lung full of that lovely country air!
Natural fibres contain helpful bacteria
When we wash our clothes we are aiming to dilute the number of microbes on our clothes and bedding and make them smell nice of course! Washing at 60 degrees may get rid of dust mites but it won’t kill all bacteria. This is a good thing because remember we don’t want to live in a sterile environment. But here is the interesting bit-natural fibres, when tested after washing contained more of the helpful bacteria that we want on our skin and man made fibres tended to harbour more of the harmful bacteria than is good for our skin. So it’s got to be cotton or wool for me.
In summary, whether you were born by c section or natural delivery there are plenty of ways to support your skin microbiome.
I’ll finish by pointing out that no single system in the body works alone. Your skin and your gut microbiome are connected so you guessed it- if your skin microbiome has been compromised then so has your gut. A lot of what has been discussed in terms of your skin microbiome will also support your gut but there will more on specific ways to support your gut in the near future.
Comment below to let me know how you can action some of the tips we’ve shared in the skin microbiome posts.