Why is the Exposome so Important When it Comes to Skin Care?
How we interact with the environment and how our behaviour affects skin health can be determined through skin microbiome testing. Chronic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are identified through the microbiota and organisms that live on an individual’s skin, but how a person came to suffer from these skin ailments is up for debate, and how to accurately treat that condition can always be improved. Genetics, of course, play an integral role in determining who is more susceptible to particular skin diseases, but it’s evidently clear that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are the cause.
That’s why scientists are delving further into research of the exposome, though there are still some technical difficulties in defining and measuring exposures over a person’s lifetime. However, with detailed questionnaires along with data from sensors, geographical information systems, and survey instruments, a better understanding of environmental risk factors will open the doors for improved prevention strategies, especially in the realm of skin care.
Exposome Advancement and Customised Skin Health Regimes
At Labskin, the impact of cosmetic and skincare products on the skin’s microbiome are tested using a human skin model grown with entirely human collagen production. Already this has proven to global cosmetic companies that their products can alleviate the symptoms of skin ageing and improve the overall skin health of individuals with chronic or allergic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. This information combined with the study of the exposome, can open the door to a whole new level of targeted skin health and cosmetic products.
In fact, a personalised skin care subscription service has already been launched that uses genome sequencing, microbiome studies, and factors of the exposome to provide a skin care regime and list of approved ingredients that are tailored to an individual’s skin type. Skin Trust Club, which is powered by Labskin’s AI, next generation sequencing, and data from one of the largest skin microbiome data banks in the world, uses environmental information such as UV count, weather, air pollution, and location data, combined with a swab of each user’s microbiome to determine which skin care ingredients are best suited to each person’s skin.
Future Predictions for the Exposome and Skin Health
In the future, the correlation of this data from the genome, exposome, and microbiome will accelerate research and understanding of how skin ailments such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and even melanomas are formed. Ultimately, leading to an all-encompassing view of skin health and the creation of cosmetic and skin care products that protect and preserve skin health for years to come.