The metagenomic line between preservatives and skin microbiota
HELLO, IT’S ME (THE MICROBIOTA)
Have you heard the breaking news? There is a new definition proposal for Microbiota/Microbiome in town! In fact, the cosmetic industry is working to find the most appropriate one. Even if you think you heard enough about it, when such a hot topic like Skin Microbiota comes to life, like it did in the past years, it is really hard to give all the answers in one shot. The variables are uncountable, it is hard to find a unique common idea and the world is constantly updating. This is especially true in the personal care field, where each ingredient is deeply investigated. Cosmetics is clearly in the eye of the “Microbiota storm”, since finished products need to be safe for the end user by definition.
We stated that we have a microbial community on our skin, like we do in our body, that is called Microbiome. When we say Microbiota we refer instead to the assemblage of microorganisms present in a defined environment, such as the human body or individual body-sites. So far, so good.
Some logic questions may arise: do we have to be careful with ...