Bacteria In Your Home Impacts Skin Conditions

You have likely heard about your gut microbiota – the world of bacteria that live in your gut. However, there is also a skin microbiota. A recent study has shown that changes in the skin microbiota can cause skin problems like skin allergic reactions, rashes and pimples. More importantly this same study offers simple lifestyle solutions that can improve your skin microbiota and overall skin health.

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Bacteria’s Effects on Dermatological Conditions

Dr. Michael Ruscio: Hi, this is Dr. Ruscio. And you probably heard that the environment one grows up in has a strong influence on their immune system and the potential for autoimmunity. Well, a paper was recently published that looked at a group of children and tracked them from birth all the way through teenage years and tried to see if there was a correlation between the diversity of plant life around where they grew up and any kind of atopic conditions of the skin, like skin autoimmunity — eczema, psoriasis, and things like that.

And very interestingly, they found that the diversity and specifically the wild plant life around one’s home when growing up had a direct impact on autoimmunity. And I’ll put up a chart here that shows a few of these notes. But essentially what these authors showed was that the increased plant diversity, specifically wild type plants — so not plants you just bought at a store and planted, but wild vegetation — had a correlation with increased bacterial diversity on the skin. That caused immunomodulation or an increase in anti-inflammatory compounds in the blood. And that then caused decrease in skin atopic conditions.

So as we continue to learn more and more about this field, we’re learning that an increasingly more sterile environment will cause malfunctions in the immune system. And here we see a nice illustration of that where we see when you have a very wild environment, that fosters a high level of bacterial diversity, in the skin in this case. That causes a release of anti-inflammatory compounds that has an immunomodulatory or immune-balancing effect that then decreases atopic conditions of the skin.

So a very, very interesting study here. Again, I’ll put up the cover slide here with some key notes that you may want to read if you want a little bit more detail that you’re seeing here. And then this second slide is a slide from the study essentially just showing what we just went over, which is kind of the cascade of some of these events.

So the takeaway here again is a little bit dirtier or a little bit more diverse of an environment seems to be protective against autoimmunity of multiple forms. And in this case, we see evidence for that of skin autoimmunity.

This is Dr. Ruscio, and I hope you find this helpful. Thanks

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