Does Your Skin Have Good Bacteria?

Our body is full of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. They are collectively known as the microbiome. While some bacteria are associated with disease, others are actually extremely important for your immune system, heart, weight and many other aspects of your health.  

Additionally, our skin is covered in a web of billions of tiny organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. This web is called the skin microbiome, and when healthy, it helps our bodies function properly inside and out. 

Mother Nature helps us manage these bacteria by blessing our skin with natural antibiotics and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs).  However, people with atopic dermatitis (AD)  have different skin biology than those who do not have AD.  They have more of a type of harmful bacteria on their skin called Staphylococcus aureus or “staph.” The skin microbiome in people with atopic dermatitis does not produce enough of these beneficial AMPs,-that kill off staph. 

Dr. Nakamura and her team out of the University of Michigan conducted research that suggested the delta toxin of Staphylococcus aureus acts as a poison, resulting in degranulation of the mast cells in the skin, causing an outflow of histamine which creates the flares. The researcher said, “we know that 90 percent of patients with atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, have staph bacteria detectable on their skin”.  

Based on this study, Dr. Richard Aron, a dermatologist based in the UK who has been treating atopic dermatitis for forty years created a unique treatment called Aron Regimen.  

Aron Regimen consists of a topical corticosteroid, topical antibiotic and a moisturizer, combined into one product that patients apply to their skin up to six times a day. The topical corticosteroid in the Aron Regimen mixture is a low-potency version even for use even in those with more severe disease.  The steroid in the mixture is significantly diluted in the moisturizer and has less chance of causing side effects according to his website.  

The principle of his treatment is not just the use of Aron Regimen, but also his advice in regard to diet, sport and exercise, bathing, clothing and sun protection to create a holistic treatment structure.  It is definitely not just use a cream to treat AD, so rebuilding healthy microbiome for entire body is important. Therefore, if you just use the Aron Regimen, you may not get relief from skin damage. Recently, Ryan & Teddy Sternagel hosted Eczema, Psoriasis & Skin Disease webinar. Their child had suffered from severe AD since he was born.  According to the couple, the approach to treating AD is diet, supplementation, changing personal care products, good night sleep, stress reduction, and some medication for bringing back a healthy whole body microbiome.    

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