Title The beauty of bio: does probiotic skincare work? Media name/outlet The Sunday Times Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 15/10/17 Description “Keeping bacteria alive in a cosmetic cream is hard,” says Dr Catherine O’Neil, senior lecturer in clinical biochemistry in the dermatological sciences research group at the University of Manchester. “Even if it weren’t, we don’t know if it would be safe to apply live bacteria to potentially compromised skin.”
Instead, what most of these skincare companies are doing is creating extracts that have the same effects as live bacteria.
“The microbiome changes the skin because molecules in the bacteria send messages to the body. But these signalling molecules can still be present in a ‘dead’ extract,” O’Neil says. “We have found an extract that can strengthen the skin barrier, exclude pathogens and heal skin in the same way the original bacteria can.” Her findings will form the basis of products created by the SkinBio Therapeutics brand in the future.
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/style/the-beauty-of-bio-does-probiotic-skincare-work-cqbkqjfvg Persons Catherine O'Neill
- skin care
- beauty products