Your skin: A powerful ecosystem
that protects you

Your skin is a powerful physical barrier that prevents harmful microorganisms and irritants from entering your body.

It also retains moisture and nutrients inside your body. Your skin is a powerful ecosystem that protects you when it is in balance.

Sometimes your skin needs help

Sometimes, your skin needs help to thrive. Lifestyle or work conditions, for example, can disrupt the normal symbiosis of your skin. Or, your skin may have a lower amount of the essential building blocks for maintaing a healthy skin barrier.

Your skin is the largest and most visible organ of your body. The biology of the skin is both complex and amazing.

Professor, Med.Sc.D. Torkil Menné

Different skin conditions can impact your quality of life

Your skin ecosystem: A healthy skin barrier and skin microbiome

A healthy skin barrier and skin microbiome are important not just for your skin but your overall health. Your skin barrier contains lipids (e.g. sebum, the skin’s fats) and amino acids. Amino acids are also referred to as some of the skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF).

Lipids and natural moisturizing factors:

  • Protect your skin and fill the space between cells, so the skin is sealed and is more resistant to external irritants
  • Supports the maintainenance of the proper pH level of the skin, which is essential for proper functioning of the skin barrier
  • Act like “water magnets” that absorb and retain water in the skin. This keeps your skin moisturized and supports the elasticity of the skin.

The skin microbiome: Millions of good microorganisms

The fetal skin of an unborn child is sterile, but immediately after birth, billions of ‘good bacteria’ and other beneficial microorganisms enter the skin. Together, these microorganisms make up the skin microbiome, which plays a vital role in protecting your skin.

Your skin microbiome:

  • interacts with your immune system
  • teaches your immune system to respond to harmful microorganisms
  • helps your skin produce antimicrobial compounds that protect you from harmful infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi

The inside and the outside interact

Symbiotic interactions take place between the inside and the outside of your body. An imbalance in the skin microbiome can affect the immune system and can be linked to psoriasis, acne, atopic dermatitis, and other similar chronic inflammatory skin conditions.
In addition, environmental factors (e.g. your occupation, clothing, use of antibiotics, cosmetics, soaps, and moisturizers) impact your skin microbiome.