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Natural Antimicrobials and Their Effect on the Microbial Population of the Skin Microbiome


Journal of Cosmetic Science | Vol. 70 No. 2
Authored by Tia Alkazaz, Maureen Danaher, Jennifer Goodman, Monica Beltran, Erica Segura, and Durant Scholz


The microbiome of every individual is as unique and distinct as their fingerprint. The skin microbiome is an accumulation of microbial communities that inhabit the skin and are key players in host defense. Commensal microflora on our skin is responsible for maintaining skin health through restoring immunity and communication with the lymphatic system (1). Indiscriminate microbial destruction, used by preservatives, often unintentionally alters the thriving ecosystem of the skin microbiome. The present innovative study investigates variations in the population of microbial species after the application of antimicrobial peptides.


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