Let’s start from balance of skin flora to nourish healthy skin!

Let’s start from balance of skin flora to nourish healthy skin!

Do you know that microbiome could naturally nourish your skin?

Since 1996, the rise of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing (NGS), skin microbiome research has gradually increased. The industry’s concept of skin microbiology has also changed from “as long as good bacteria are left, the skin will become better” to “the balance of skin flora is one of the keys to maintain skin health“. For example, people used to think that Cutibacterium acnes will cause acne, so we need to eliminate it. However, in 2020, a study by BASF pointed that Staphylococcus epidermidis and Cutibacterium acnes have a key role in the skin ecosystem. They protect and prevent microbiota disequilibrium by fighting pathogens. It means that we need to focus on how to balance skin microbiota, making the skin condition better.

When balance skin microbiota is becoming more mainstream, how could we design products follow this trend? This article will take you to decipher the latest research information!


Choose the right solution for skin problems

Affected by various factors such as age, gender, lifestyle, and environment, each of us has different skin microflora. It is difficult to make a simple classification. Therefore, the related research mainly focuses on how to solve the corresponding skin problems through different flora.

For dry and itchy skin

Added Bifida Ferment Lysate to soothe skin

At present, the most mainstream ingredient for skin microbiome is Bifida Ferment Lysate. But in fact Bifida Ferment Lysate is not a yeast. It is a type of probiotic obtained by Bifidobacterium. Studies have shown that Bifidobacterium can enhance skin barrier function. Due to Bifida Ferment Lysate’s strong repairing, it has become one of the preferred skin microbiome conceptual ingredients for luxury skincare brands.

For oily and acne-prone skin

Added Lactococcus sp, which control the growth of P. acnes

When excess sebum production will accelerate the proliferation of acne bacillus, which induce acne occurrence. Oh et al. (2006) found that Lactococcus sp can indirectly inhibit the formation of P. acnes. The inhibitory effect of the bacteriocin produced by Lactococcus sp. was able to inhibit the growth of selected bacteria efficiently. Neither any irritations nor allergic reactions in a human patch test. It can be regarded as a gentler and more effective way to care for oily skin.

For uneven skin tone

Added Lactobacillus ferment which enhances skin radiance

Most of skin microbiota products on the market focus on repairing as the main product appeal. Therefore, Unicare developed UNICARE109 – carefully selected beautifying bacteria for fermentation. It has been tested by the Taiwan Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry Technology and Development Center as “a whitening, anti-aging and safe lactobacillus fermentation product“. It provides new ideas for the positioning of functional skin microbiota care products.

For fine lines and wrinkles

Added Nitrosomonas eutropha which can slow down skin aging

Dullness and fine lines are signs of skin aging. In recent years, studies have begun to focus on whitening and anti-aging effects to explore whether the flora can provide skincare assistance. The research found that Nitrosomonas eutropha can improve the softness and lighten fine lines in 7 days. This finding also makes skin microbiota more diverse in the choice of product efficacy.


In general, the most important thing for balance skin microbiota is to select the post-bacteria for specific skin conditions, then with the appropriate postbiotic ingredients. It will double the effectiveness of balance skin microbiota! In this way, we can help consumers solve their skin problems from the inside out.


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Kim, Hye-Jin, et al. “Segregation of age-related skin microbiome characteristics by functionality.” Scientific reports 9.1 (2019): 1-11.
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