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Beychella is the best metaphor for your skin microbiome

At LMNTL we love a good old-fashioned, beautiful mess and a little sibling rivalry. Think Beyonce and Solange circa the Jay-Z elevator showdown. Think the Franco brothers or the Hemsworth brothers. But, when Bey and Solange come together in just the right amounts, you get an epic #Beychella performance (see how we werk it into your skincare routine below!). 

Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria, has been associated with eczema flare-ups and acne in recent studies. It’s shown to be more present in skin with pronounced acne, especially the more aggressive flare-ups. Researchers have also noticed that troubled skin has less bacterial diversity -- so I guess, representation really does matter. The more types of bacteria that are on your skin, the better off you’ll be!

Staph infections have always been seen as a cause for concern, a reason to wield antibiotics against a scary, misunderstood monster. But now we’re starting to find that staph bacteria might be a sign of so much more. Too much staph aureus bacteria could actually be a sign that the skin microbiome is out of whack, leading to eczema flare ups. 

Some studies are saying that staph bacteria might have a positive effect on long-term immune system benefits if they’re introduced early enough. They typically become a problem when they enter wounds in the skin, otherwise, they’re a natural part of the skin ecosystem. We view them as interesting warning signs, so maybe it’s time we started taking them seriously. 

Scientists at UC San Diego have discovered that staph bacteria might actually help with preventing or mitigating skin cancer. A Mount Sinai physician believes that thestaphylococcus epiedermis strain can actually help reduce eczema symptoms.

Good cop, bad cop: the classic duo. There can be no Yin without Yang. It’s tantalizing to think that two bacterial species from the same family can actually have opposing effects, and keep each other in check. But if you can’t keep it real with your family, who can you depend on? 

Staph Bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus

Thing 1: The negative bacteria known for all kinds of havoc

What it does: Cause widespread infection and disease; you probably want to avoid this one

How to work it: La Roche-Posay has a product that helps ward off this strain of staph bacteria and rebalance the skin microbiome.

Staphylococcus epidermis

Thing 2: This is the positive strain of staph bacteria

What it does: Can help subdue eczema flare ups and keep S aureus in check

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