This is a quickie since I’m super busy these days. A NYT Magazine article on a company trying to market a soil-based bacteria you spray on instead of bathing, presumably to mimic the natural microbiotal pattern we once had on our skin. They are wondering about “probiotic” topical treatments like this for inflammatory conditions such as eczema too.
Can’t roll around in dirt before your morning commute? Well, consider AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist.
Yes, our body’s largest organ evolved over millions of years covered in a universe of living organisms. Bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and just plain ol’ insects. We were crawling in critters, or them on us, or em… Some of them good, some of them not so good. But ALL of them in balance.
Our modern habits of cleanliness basically demand slathering ourselves with antibiotics several times a day. Considering that we don’t know how these skin bacteria signal our bodies, how they protect us, or how they cause disease, once again it seems we’re in over our heads.
Aside from the fact that your antibiotic soaps and shampoos go right down the drain after you use them and wreak havoc on the planet as they alter natural microbiotal and fungal ecologies in the environment, we don’t even know if they’re good for us. There’s got to be a better way.
Even L’Oreal, Clinique and Estée Lauder are jumping on the “skin probiotics” bandwagon trying to sell dirt for your skin without saying you need dirt for your skin. They are, predictably, using the old chestnuts Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Those choices reek of a marketing decision as opposed to an actual health one, since consumers recognize those bacterial strains from their yogurt labels. I have a hunch there are thousands more (and more important) strains that we don’t know about since you can’t culture them in a lab. Which means you can’t sell them in a bottle.