Probiota 2022: Upgrading oral and scalp care via the skin microbiome

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Probiota 2022: Upgrading oral and scalp care via the skin microbiome

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As science continues to delve deeper into the skin microbiome, its role in oral and scalp care, is becoming apparent particularly amongst nutricosmetic firms eager to capitalise on the next wave of opportunities.
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Marie Drago, Founder of Gallinée. ©Marie Galinee

Certainly, Probiota will look to play its part in discussing the next generation of skin microbiome science and innovation via the panel discussion earmarked for day 3, chaired by CosmeticsDesign-Europe Editor Kacey Culliney.

In the run up to the event and the discussion, NutraIngredients talks to one of the panellists Marie Drago, Founder of Gallinée Microbiome Skincare.

The brand, launched in London in 2016, is a pioneer of microbiome beauty and is now sold across the globe. The range covers skincare, scalp care, oral care and the gut-skin axis.

How have you been able to educate consumers about the skin microbiome, considering they have just got to grips with the gut microbiome and its link to certain mental and physical conditions?

Marie Drago (MD): “When we launched in 2016, the skin microbiome was clearly more than niche.

“So we went heavy on education from the start, and today we have a popular microbiome academie​on our website to give fun and easy information on the subject.

“We also rely a lot on the hype around probiotics and the gut microbiome to make a link to skin. And it works!”

Being European-based, have you noticed any differences from country to country regarding skin care and preferences for Gallinée’s microbiome-based products?

MD: “Our customer base and our best sellers are totally different according to each country.

“In France our customers have sensitive skin and scalp, our gut-skin axis supplement and our shampoo are the best sellers.

“In the UK we are the first surprised by this, but our intimate care product outsells all the others!

“And in the rest of the world we are known for our Postbiotic Face Vinegar, a toner suitable for both oily skin and sensitive skin.”

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What is your view on the use of prebiotics for skin care? Much of the emphasis is on probiotics due to their ease of use and evidence in support of its effect on skin.

MD: “That’s my favourite subject. At Gallinée the core of our formulations is a combination of prebiotics, tyndalized probiotics and postbiotics.

“We use prebiotics a lot in our formula, as it was the original idea of Gallinée: is bringing good bacteria to your skin can help, why not make the one that are already there work for you?

”And it’s a lot easier to include in topical formulations than live probiotics. That’s a big difference between the gut and the skin microbiome.”

With anti-ageing high up on the agenda for skin care, is there a possibility that Gallinée will bring out a range for those looking to delay signs of ageing?

Are there any specific challenges to this in terms of formulation, consumer communication or even regulation?

MD: “I think it’s time indeed to bring a new outlook to ageing in skincare. Just like sensitive skin or acne, this is caused by inflammation.

“Which means that the microbiome can help. We have a popular anti-ageing serum and it’s clear that there is a lot more to do.”

Finally, are you able to comment on the emergence of postbiotics in the treatment of skin conditions or just to maintain good skin health?

MD: “I think we were the first ones to talk about postbiotics, and I am delighted to see them come to the front of the room.

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“Postbiotics is a very broad term, as it can be anything produced by a bacterium that has a positive impact on the microbiome.

“Lysates are postbiotics, and so is lactic acid. I am sure it will be a great field for ingredient innovation in the coming years, both in gut and on skin.”

Marie joins Kacey and Margherita Patrucco, Innovation and Product development at Probiotical for the panel discussion scheduled for 30 March at 10:50.

The discussion is entitled: ‘The Skin Microbiome 2.0 – Oral care, scalp care and beyond.’

About Probiota

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Held on 28 - 30 March in Copenhagen, Probiota aims to bridge the gaps between cutting-edge science, business strategy, and key regulatory developments in the microbiome, probiotic and prebiotic markets.

The three-day event will bring together CEOs, academics, and top researchers for networking opportunities, in addition to interactive presentations and debates in the fields of probiotics, prebiotics and the microbiome. Head on over to the website​ for more information.

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