What is the Function of Antimicrobial Peptides?
Our skin is a complex and smart organ. The reason we say smart is that it functions independently from the brain. In other words, skin does not wait for the brain to send signals and tell it what to do (like most other organs do). One of the biggest roles skin has is to protect our bodies from pathogens. To fulfill this huge task, your skin “partners” with a community of good bacteria that lives on the skin surface known as the skin microbiome. The good bacteria have a way of fighting harmful bacteria that it continuously comes in contact with.
How does it work?
The good bacteria on your skin produce (amongst thousands of other molecules) proteins called antimicrobial peptides (AMP’s). These peptides have the power to combat pathogens such as E. Coli, Staph, yeasts, mold, viruses, and more.
The more beneficial bacteria we have on our skin helps ensure the skin’s immunity to harmful bacteria and viruses. Plus, the abundance of good bacteria present on your skin will ensure abundant production of antimicrobial peptides. The abundant production of AMP’s work to keep of harmful bacteria, pathogens, and virus away from your skin. However, when the count of good bacteria on your skin is diminished and disturbed, your skin’s ability to defend itself is compromised.
What causes antimicrobial peptides imbalance?
(also known as disrupting your skin microbiome)
Using harsh soaps, constantly scrubbing the skin, undergoing chemical peels, stress, lifestyle, and environment can disrupt the balance of bacteria in our skin microbiome.
What can you do to replenish the good bacteria?
Using skincare products that contain topical LIVE probiotics is the quickest and easiest way of replenishing the good bacteria on your skin needs. LIVE probiotics (the good bacteria) produce antimicrobial peptides that fight pathogens. Using microbiome-friendly skincare that has LIVE probiotics helps ensure your skin immunity.
LaFlore® Live Probiotic Concentrated Serum is the only known product on the market that truly contains LIVE and ACTIVE probiotic cultures and will produce AMP’s as you apply the serum to your skin to ensure your skin’s daily defense against pathogens.