My sensitive skin diary

Fun Facts

  • Your microbiome is as unique as your fingerprint. Every baby is born microbe-free, a blank slate. Factors such as gender, age, diet, climate and lifestyle all contribute to the development of their own individual microbiome.
  • Did you know you carry a microbial “Macbook Air” worth of extra weight everywhere you go? That’s right, the average total body microbiome weighs 1.3 to 2.2kg!
  • With areas of skin that are dry, sebaceous or moist, plus other places like hair follicles or even the belly button, your body is like its own planet with oceans, deserts, rainforests and tundras – each landscape with its own specific microbial profile!
  • New functions of the microbes in our bodies are being identified every day. Scientists have even found one strain – Toxoplasma Gondii – that can make you dress better or be more sociable!
  • Balance is key. Studies confirm that sufferers of a vast range of chronic inflammatory skin conditions – eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne… – frequently show an imbalance in their microbiome.
  • If every patient whose life has been changed by the Thermal Water at the La Roche-Posay Center stood holding hands, they’d stretch from London to Paris!
  • For every human cell in your body, there are 10 bacterial cells – it brings a whole new meaning to the expression “me, myself and I”!
  • Did you know that some of the bacteria in your microbiome act like microscopic diplomats, helping calm inflammation and bring peace to skin? Scientists have discovered that certain strains of bacteria stimulate the secretion of “peace molecule” interleukin 10, helping keep inflammation under control.
  • 1,000,000,000,000 – one thousand billion – is the number of micro-organisms living on a human’s skin… that’s ten times the number of stars in the Milky Way!