The microbiota in the spotlight at Cosmetagora 2019
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The cosmetics industry’s interest in the skin microbiota has already been strong in recent years. The trend was further confirmed at the Cosmetagora exhibition, held in Paris on 15 and 16 January 2019: many exhibitors proposed new ingredients to influence the balance or regulation of the microbiota, and to meet cosmetic claims as diverse as anti-aging, acne and skin sensitivity.
The cutaneous microbiota is the large community of microorganisms that live in and on the surface of our skin and compose the cutaneous flora. They are bacteria, fungi, viruses, extremely numerous (we would all host about 1000 billion bacteria and 1000 species of fungi on the surface of our body) and which are also of great diversity.
It is precisely from this diversity that balance is born, which keeps the skin healthy. But it is a fragile balance. Age, stress, lifestyle, genetic predispositions, certain medications, and even sometimes the use of certain cosmetics, can break it. The skin then suffers, can lose moisture, age prematurely… or even fall downright sick and develop acne, psoriasis or atopic dermatitis.
For a few years now, cosmetics have been trying to rebalance week microbiotes. And the Cosmetagora exhibition was another opportunity for ingredient suppliers to present their new active ingredients targeted at the microbiota.
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This new active ingredient targets cutaneous biofilms, these complex habitats of micro-organisms installed on the skin.
The laboratory’s approach is based on the fact that *“microbes can ‘hide’ in the protective matrix of these biofilms, where they are less vulnerable to antimicrobial agents.*
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