Warning! There is An Entire Ecosystem of Bacteria Thriving on Your Scalp!
The word ‘bacteria’ is synonymous with various unpleasant things like doctor visits, colds and, worse still, having to complete a week’s dose of antibiotics. We like to think that we must get rid of ANY form of bacteria in our bodies. I used to think that way, too… until my dermatologist gently broke the news to me that we have four trillion bacteria on our skin every single day!
As it turns out, a collection of microorganisms live on your skin. The normal microbiome of the skin is made up of bacteria (amongst many other organisms like mites and fungus, but… let’s not talk about that). The key to healthy skin is not to get rid of all these bacteria. Still, it is to ensure that there is always a balance of both good and bad bacteria at all times to ensure the functionality of your skin microbiome.
Our Scalp Microbiome: Good and Bad Bacteria
Ever so curious, I probed my dermatologist further and discovered that our scalp has its own microbiome, too! Surprise, surprise, silly me conveniently forgot that our scalp is also part of our skin. The absolute horror! Do you mean there is still bacteria on my scalp even after regularly shampooing my hair?
The good news is most of us have no reason to worry about these bacteria at all! Unlike harmful bacteria, these guys are actually on our side — they keep away the bad stuff that could potentially cause scalp problems. The scalp microbiome ecosystem regulates many vital functions of the scalp, including sebum production and regeneration of hair follicles. In fact, the scalp’s microbiome is actually its first line of defence against many external aggressors such as UV light, air pollution and harsh ingredients in hair care products, all of which may negatively affect our scalp health.
Helping The Good Bacteria On Your Scalp To Thrive
The number one way to prevent the bad bacteria from taking over your scalp is to keep those good scalp bacteria alive and kicking. This is why microbiome scalp care is exceptionally crucial.
A damaged scalp is the absolute worst. Trust me, I’ve struggled with this issue for a long time. It’s not easy to help combat symptoms such as dandruff, sensitivity and oiliness — because it’s not easy for the scalp microbiome to rebound from an over-abundance of damaging elements. Many hair care products market themselves as effective remedies for our damaged scalps. But here is one big plot twist: these products often do more damage to the scalp because they contain ingredients that will cause an imbalance in the bacteria in your scalp’s microbiome.
The Latest Scientific Breakthrough In Scalp Health
Scientists have been scrambling to find a better solution for our scalp issues in recent years. The good news is that there has been a breakthrough – scientists have discovered that the most ideal solution to this problem is using pro-bacterial products that preserve the scalp’s microbiome and promote the growth of good bacteria.
A study conducted to test the efficacy of this revolutionary pro-bacterial solution revealed astounding results:
Something magical happens when we combine prebiotics with probiotics — their powers synergize to achieve an optimal level of good bacteria on our scalp. Prebiotics are fertilizers that support the growth of good bacteria, while probiotics help to fend off bad bacteria. This is why using products enriched with prebiotics and probiotics is especially important. In a double blind clinical study published in 2020, it has been proven that a hair gel with postbiotics has been able to demonstrate significant improvement in the scalp conditions.
One of the earliest adopters of this new scientific breakthrough is the Trichoderm Scalp Health Series. Their products are enriched with prebiotics, postbiotics and a groundbreaking ingredient – Fuji Apple Stem Cells. Indeed, these 3 ingredients combined are the holy trinity for a healthy scalp.