I have written many articles and recorded Cellular Healing TV interviews about how to balance the microbiome of the gut. If you want to have a healthy body, you must have a healthy microbiome. But up until now, there is has been little research or understanding of how to effectively balance the skin microbiome.
I interviewed Dr. Shayne Morris, one of America’s leading molecular biologists and herbalomics experts, on the topic. Not only has he recently completed some breakthrough research in the area of the skin microbiome, but in recent years he has focused his work on the body’s epigenetic response to herbal nutrition. He has also pioneered numerous cellular healing products for Systemic Formulas. Dr. Morris’s leadership and ingenuity has earned Systemic Formulas a global reputation as the world leader in cellular healing.
Understanding the Microbiome
The gut microbiome is a grouping of organisms that are unique to each individual. The microbiome is comprised of a community of commensal bacteria (increase resistance to pathogens), symbiotic bacteria (live in harmony with other organisms), pathogenic bacteria, and certain fungi and parasites.
The gut microbiome is like a mini eco-system that can boost our immune system, reduce inflammation, and positively affect the way our brain works.
The Skin Microbiome
According to Dr. Morris, the skin microbiome is very different from that of the gut. The gut has the same temperature, the same moisture and it is dark with no oxygen.
On the skin, there are oily, dry, hot and cold zones. In fact, it is just like the earth; there is a huge amount of diversity.
The skin is the largest detox pathway in the body, and is the first barrier to stop the entry of many pathogens (a bacterium, virus or organism that causes disease). And perhaps unknown, the skin is the second or third most abundant immunological site. We are very connected with our skin. We look at every day, and as Dr. Morris puts it, “…it is the way we touch the world…”
A New Triad: The Skin/Gut/Brain Axis
For years, there was little research on the skin microbiome. Until recently, the way that we were trying to influence skin microbiome was to improve gut health.
Also, there has been much emphasis on the health of the gut and how it affects the brain. But as Dr. Morris’s research continued, he realized that it doesn’t stop there.
Looking at the triads of the body (organ systems that affect each other), like the brain/gut axis and the liver/pituitary/adrenal axis (how the endocrine organs work together), it became obvious that there is a new triad to take into account called the skin/gut/brain axis. The skin, gut and brain are interrelated, and can profoundly affect the health or imbalance of their companion organ systems. If the skin is unhealthy, it may lead to disarray in the gut and brain.
A Revolutionary Skin Microbiome Product: Skin Colonizer
Dr. Morris spent years researching a way to positively affect and re-balance the skin microbiome, and created a unique and very effective product called SKIN COLONIZER. There is nothing like it on the market. At a recent seminar, we had at least two-dozen testimonials sharing photos of skin changes after using the topical product. People reported that it changed their stretch marks, and helped their psoriasis and stubborn skin problems that were not responding to other treatments. It also had a positive affect on certain autoimmune skin conditions.
Ingredients That Create Change
How does change the microbiome of the skin? What does it contain?
I can assure you that SKIN COLONIZER is not another “probiotic” skin product. In my opinion, these are not optimal. Why? Many of these popular probiotic skin products grow their ingredients in a Lactobacillus or a Bifidobacterium base, and use the resulting ferment as the ingredient. Unfortunately, even though they list these friendly bacteria on the label, the probiotics are not alive because they don’t survive the formulation process.
Dr Morris explains,…”It is very difficult to keep these probiotics alive in a cosmetic product. If the friendly bacteria are not happy, they die. But how do they survive naturally on the skin? The skin is a very harsh environment and is exposed to everything!
The body produces hydrolipic or sebaceous fluid (an water-oily substance). The bacteria of the skin that comprises the skin microbiome loves this fluid and lives in it happily…”
Dr. Shayne had two main concerns – to approximate natural human skin oil and not kill the probiotics. He used waxy material and other long chain fatty acids from plant oils and bees wax to have a close approximation with the human skin oil, and to avoid using anti microbials that would kill the microbiome. The combination worked and SKIN COLONIZER was borne.
Two Categories of Probiotics in Skin Colonizer
There are 2 categories of probiotics in SKIN COLONIZER. The first is the Lactococcus and Bacillius species that benefit your skin but don’t live on your skin. They produce the anti-microbials that help get rid of pathogens. The second category is the staph xylosus and staph epidermidis species. These are commensal bacteria (they protect against pathogenic microorganisms). Staph xylosus and staph epidermidis get on your skin at any age and train your skin how to behave. They live on your skin and outcompete Staph aureus (gram positive bacterium that can cause skin abscesses, infections, etc.); Streptococcus (a virulent bacteria), PseUdomonas (gram negative bacteria that is resistant to penicillin) and Propionibacerium acnes (gram positive bacteria linked to acne, chronic blepharitis and endothalamitis).
The great news is that staph xylosus and staph epidermidis don’t die in SKIN COLONIZER because they are used to living in sebaceous oil on the skin, which Dr. Morris and his team successfully recreated. And, in my opinion, this is the reason why we are seeing an improvement in autoimmune skin conditions. In fact, studies show1 that bacteria help regulate your T cells (produced by your thymus gland to boost immune response), so they mature and behave properly without creating an autoimmune reaction.
Tight Junctions: The Key to Microbiome Balance
Your skin is very similar to your gut, as it has tight junctions (two adjacent cell membrane barriers that keep the good in and the bad out). In the gut, if the tight junctions are open, you can have a leaky gut where food particles and bacteria can leak out into the blood stream driving inflammation and an autoimmune response.
In fact, if any tight junctions are open (including those of the skin), the immune system goes awry and inflammation can proliferate. But if the tight junctions are closed, then the gut and skin can remain happy. Staph xylosus and staph epidermidis on the skin help to keep skin tight junctions in perfect order.
Bacteria Communication System
But it doesn’t stop there. Body wide bacteria have a specialized communication system. For instance, if we eat something that doesn’t agree with us, it can affect our skin. As Dr. Morris says, “…there’s a communication that happens like a pinprick….”. This is where the new triad of the skin/gut/brain axis (enters in). Inter-communication is happening all the time…”
In a study2 in which rats couldn’t lose weight, they changed their temperature environment from hot to cold. After repeating this hot to cold environment, the rats were able to adapt and lost weight easily. One of the theories in the study stated that the skin microbiome responded to the cold environment, sending messages to the gut microbiome, changing the balance of hormones, and thus encouraging weight loss. Another recent publication showed that when the microbiome changed, the rats’ insulin resistance was positively impacted3, possibly indicating that an imbalanced skin microbiome may contribute to insulin resistance.
How to Use Skin Colonizer
Because the pores of the skin open easily, I have instructed some of my clients to apply the skin oil after using a far infrared sauna or a hot shower. Another suggestion is to go from a hot to a cold shower, which challenges the skin microbiome, creating a more adaptive state for your skin. Once you get out of the shower, you apply the product
SKIN OPTIMIZER can be used for many different kinds of skin inflammation. If you have a rash or dermatitis of any kind, try applying it to the affected area 2-3 times a day. Please note that it doesn’t work well if you only apply it once. It also benefits adult acne, but we are still not sure about teenage acne, because their skin microbiome is changing so dramatically.
We can’t make claims until there are studies to back up these results (coming soon). However, what we do know is that a healthy skin microbiome affects the production of collagen and elastin (these keep the skin supple and looking younger). So, by staying hydrated daily, eating a cellular healing focused diet, and using SKIN COLONIZER, we feel confident that you will see some positive changes.
A Protocol for Healthy Skin
As our skin is the largest detox pathway, it goes without saying that it will benefit greatly if the body is properly detoxified at the cellular level. We use the TRUE CELLULAR DETOX™ program to help accomplish this, and it not only detoxifies the body and the brain, but show improvement in the gut and skin microbiome as well.
Included in the TRUE CELLULAR DETOX™ program is an activated charcoal product called BIND. Clients with stubborn skin conditions that require additional detoxification have opened a few capsules of BIND, making a charcoal mask to help pull out toxins, open up the pores, and get rid of chemicals to which we are exposed. After using the BIND mask, they applied the SKIN COLONIZER with stunning results.
Other products that may be of benefit to include in a skin support protocol are LGUT that helps balance the gut microbiome, and CALM and NEUROSYN, for nervous system and brain health, all creations of Dr. Morris.
We are grateful for the brilliance and persistence of Dr. Shayne Morris who created this revolutionary product. It has been a God-send to many, and we are thrilled to offer it our readers.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
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