Balancing your skin microbiome

Skin Microbiome - what is it?

Just like our guts, our skin also has living bacteria on it. Many of these bacterias are beneficial and help protect against pollutants and disease.

The colonisation of these bacterias depend on the climate you live in, pollution around you, your own genetic makeup and of course, your skin care routine. When our skin is red, inflamed and itchy, it can often mean that there is an overgrowth of certain bacterias.

Skin pH

The skin on your face is actually acidic. It ranges from about 4 - 5 on the pH scale. This is needed as if the skin is too alkaline, unwanted bacteria may thrive and reproduce like crazy causing the aforementioned symptoms we all dread. The main culprits of making our skin too alkaline can be foaming face washes AKA anything that contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Not all foaming face washes are created equal though! Natural based brands often use sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate which is a sugar based naturally occurring emollient, which is much less stripping to the face.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) = alkaline skin = optimal conditions for bad bacteria to thrive

Topical probiotics for the skin

Ideally we want to build up a good layer of skin flora that will help protect against any bad bacteria that finds its way onto our skin throughout the day. This skin flora will help fight off anything that wants to infiltrate the skin. You want to be doing this especially if you suffer from acne, roseaca and eczema as all of these conditions are forms of inflammation and result in redness. Topical probiotics will help soothe this inflammation and redness whilst you tackle the internal problem (whatever it may be)

My Picks


Go - To Properly Clean - $31

Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream - $25

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk - $20

Creams & Toners

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner - $69

Salt & Glow Skin Mist - Rose & Cactus Toner - $28

Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream - $30

About the Author

Chloe is a Sydney based university trained Naturopath specialising in skin and reproductive health. When treating the skin she works with her clients using an inside out approach looking into what is causing the skin issue and helps treat this using herbal and nutritional medicine. She is also a self confessed skincare junkie and is never not trying or research new and emerging products to recommend to her clients during the healing process. She has a passion for empowering her client to regain control over their health to help bring back their best self. Her approach focuses on incorporating a nutritious diet and lifestyle changes along with nutritional and herbal medicine. To book an appointment with Chloe in Sydney click here.