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Listen to the ASCP Esty Talk podcast at 31 SKIN PHYSIOLOGY Mind Your Microbiome by Dave Waggoner and Lisa VanBockern THE MICROBIOME OF THE SKIN has been on our radar for some time now, and our interest continues to grow as numerous studiesshow the connection between the microbes in our gut and virtually every aspect of our overall health, including our skin. Feeding the "good" microbes in your digestive tract is a huge step toward improving overall health—and it turns out eating right also feeds the skin's microbiome. WHAT IS THE MICROBIOME? The microbiome is an ecosystem found at the surface of our skin that acts as a defense mechanism. Its makeup consists of microbes—bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. The number of genes in all the microbes of an individual's microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genetic makeup, and most of the bacteria are staphylococcus or propionibacterium acnes. Additionally, the microbiome houses yeasts (malassezia) and parasites (demodex mites). 1 Everyone has a microbiome that is unique to them, and it varies with a person's gender, age, and diet. When disrupted, the microbiome's barrier functions can fail, leading to infection and an increase in in† ammation.

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