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The Skin Microbiome and Cosmetics

Developing products that foster healthy skin microbiome is a new product development trend in the cosmetic industry, which is attracting the attention of the major players and niche brands alike. The sector is poised to take off but is still hindered by a lack of support regulations standardizing labeling and advertising claims and a lack of strong clinical evidence supporting the functional efficacy of these products. However, on the flip side, there is some proof in principle supporting the commercial feasibility of these products, case in point being the success of probiotic and prebiotic products commercialized of the back of gut microbiome research.

A microbiome is defined as the entire collection of microorganisms living either inside or outside of the human body. [1] After the U.S. National Institutes of Health carried out the Human Microbiome Project in 2012, Microbiome has been a hot topic in healthcare, skincare, and food, with estimates placing the global market value of the microbiome industry at $1.5 billion by 2025.

The role of the gut microbiome in health is now well established. However, information about microbes lurking on the skin is a relatively new trend in the medical and beauty industry. According to reports by Mintel, there has already been considerable commercialization of skin microbiome research by the cosmetics industry, with growth estimated at a global CAGR of 6% between 2016 and 2021. [1]

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