Science

SCIENCE

BAK Probiotic Skin Care products result from years of research based on the latest science of the microbiome and probiotics.

[ Microbiome ]

What is the microbiome?

The microbiome is your body’s bacterial friend.

More precisely, it is the collective gene pool of all the microorganisms that live on and in your body. Most of these live in the gut, but many also live elsewhere on the body, e.g., on the skin. Together these microorganisms represent more than 50% of your body’s total number of cells.

A few are harmful (pathogens), but most are harmless and essential to you and your health (probiotics).

Are bacteria dangerous?

No, quite the opposite. The majority are essential to our health.

Of the millions of bacteria that exist, scientists only know about less than 100 that are pathogenic, i.e., harmful to humans.

The vast majority of the bacteria that live on and in us are essential to our basic physiological qualities, such as digesting our food, supporting our immune system, and overall maintenance of the health of our skin and body.

What are bacteria doing in my body?

They are working for you.

There are few functions in your body in which bacteria are not involved in one way or the other. Either directly, through their metabolites (compounds produced by bacteria), or as part of a pathway (series of chemical reactions in the body)

What is a healthy microbiome?

A healthy microbiome has high diversity and balance.

A balanced microbiome with high bacterial diversity is vital for healthy skin and body. We live in a symbiotic relationship with our bacteria – we provide them food and shelter, and they help us strengthen our immune system, protect against environmental stress, maintain the skin’s optimal acidity, produce essential compounds, and much more. All in all, they keep us healthy.

We typically view skincare from a visual, cosmetic perspective in modern society. Still, for the health of our body, it is essential to have strong fortifications – i.e., a balanced microbiome and barrier function – which amongst other things, prevent outside pathogens from penetrating the skin and harming the body.