In an era of ever-increasing cleansers, moisturizers, deodorants, and so much more, the incidence of skin issues and sensitivities is on the rise. If you thought that acne is just an issue with teenage girls, then, probably you are thinking in the wrong direction. More than 50 million Americans are struggling with acne troubles (not just teenagers), Eczema cases among children have tripled in the last three decades. Recent years have seen an increase in sensitive skin, with over half the population self-identifying as having sensitive skin.
So, what is the solution to all these alarming problems? While research is early, scientists are starting to research the role of bacteria on the skin, as in why we might actually need bacteria to have happy skin. There is more and more rhetoric out there regarding whether being too clean has actually been good for us.
Bacteria on skin often evokes mixed reactions from people. While the wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause problems, but the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits. Science is showing that the human body is a diverse ecosystem, and that balance within this ecosystem is the most important thing. And that is one of the major reason why more and more people are getting inclined towards embracing particular foods for their microbes – yogurt, kombucha, and probiotic supplements.
Wondering why your skin needs bacteria?
Do you know we have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in our body? And, as a matter of fact they are not just inside but ON our body too. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania issued a study demonstrating that the bacteria on our skin is the channel through which our immune system is alerted whenever there is something wrong. There is a long way left to go before we understand how specific types of bacterial interactions lead to certain outcomes.
Researchers at AOBiome, are studying a specific type of bacteria called AOB (Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria). They hypothesis that this bacteria once lived on us and served as a peace-keeper, but is sensitive and has been washed away with soap and other modern chemistry. It’s not just our advanced hygiene routine but various other factors such as less interaction with nature, increased chemical usage in the form of skincare products which have eliminated these crucial microbes or good bacteria from our skin.
How can you get this bacteria?
According to a recent study, it was found that a distant Amazonian tribe has the most diverse microbes ever seen in humans. They also had AOB. “So, shall I just ask my kid to rub his face in the mud and expect healthier results?” Well, the answer is No. The dirt in the cities does not provide you with same ecosystem as found in a farmhouse. Our ancestors didn’t so much as roll around in dirt as they did just constantly interact with nature which led to their “colonization” with various forms of bacteria. That coupled with their non-use of chemistry lead to a steady state ecosystem of bacteria on their skin that functioned like a symbiotic relationship between body and microbes.
Instead of rolling in the deep in you can maintain good bacteria on your skin using Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), which is a common constituent of the soil. Researchers have found that AOB helps in restore balance to the skin’s ecosystem. MotherDirt has developed the only live probiotic for the skin using Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) in the form of AO+ Mist along with biome-friendly shampoo and cleanser.
What are the benefits of using this product?
- Helps improve skin clarity
- Improves the appearance of oily skin
- Helps maintain normal skin pH
- Improves the appearance of skin problem
- Improves the look and feel of the skin on the face and scalp
- Improves the look and feel of rough and bumpy skin
- Reduced dependence on conventional products (like deodorants, makeup, etc)
How does it work?
AOB literally eat the irritating parts of your sweat. The Nitrosomonas in the AO+ Mist work by consuming the irritating compounds produced by your skin, like ammonia and urea in sweat, in turn producing beneficial byproducts. Specifically, Nitrosomonas produce Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. Mother Dirt has seen AOBs the restore balance to the ecosystem leading to several cosmetic benefits. A great example of this: 60% of users that use it on their underarm area find that they no longer have to use deodorant.
Within two weeks of use, the AO+ Mist improves the appearance of the skin and reduces your need for other products. So what are you waiting for?