THE STAR: Rosacea and Microbiome
ATTENTION ROSACEA SUFFERERS: YOUR MICROBIOME IS CALLING
How protecting the bacteria on your skin could help prevent flare-ups.
This week Dr. Brei and NuVsio got published in THE STAR across newsstands. We couldn’t be more proud! I was asked to share my knowledge and expertise on rosacea and skin microbiome with Sabrina Maddeaux, a fashion/beauty expert and columnist.
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, rosacea affects more than 3 million Canadians. Rosacea can be treated, but it can’t be cured. Typical remedies include topical and oral drugs, like antibiotics, and sometimes light therapy. Many sufferers will try just about anything to control it. But what we need is to take care of our skin microbiome as an unbalanced microbiome can amplify skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea. That means understanding these microbiota could have huge implications for the beauty industry, which is why La Roche-Posay and other skincare brands including Valmont, Dermalogica, Dove and Canada’s own NuVsio are turning their focus to this area of research.
If your microbiome becomes compromised or unbalanced, your skin may suffer. “Cleansing is the worst step in our entire skincare regimen,” says Elena Brei, a PhD researcher in water technology and founder of Canadian skincare line NuVsio, aimed at supporting the skin’s microbiome. “You should be washing once a day, at night. When we cleanse our skin in the morning with any kind of detergent or cleanser, it’s really an unnecessary step. Just rinsing the skin with cool water is enough to remove any excess product.”
While Brei’s stance on cleansing may seem like heresy in the age of double-cleansing, she has an even stronger dislike of physical exfoliants, which can damage the skin’s protective barrier. “A bead in a scrub or polish is as big as a truck, if a skin cell is as big as a tennis ball. If you have a field of tennis balls 20 layers deep representing your skin cells, that truck is probably going to crush quite a few. That’s what a scrub or polish does to our top skin layer, which can really wreak havoc.”
NuVsio products contain prebiotic minerals harvested from North America’s ancient sea beds, glacial deposits and the Canadian Shield. The brand’s star product is the purifying mineral mask, featuring a concentrated mineral blend.
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Wishing you a healthy and glowing complexion,