Caring for baby skin’s microbiome
We know how important it is to take care of your baby’s skin, but their skin also has its own clever way to keep itself healthy – the microbiome. What is microbiome? It’s your skin’s natural community: billions of friendly living microorganisms, also known as skin flora. The microbiome helps keep baby skin healthy by protecting it from harmful bacteria and generating important nutrients, enzymes, and lipids for baby skin’s function.
Though no two births are the same, there’s one thing that every baby has in common. They’re all born with a unique microbiome which can be influenced by the mode of delivery, their genetics, and even where you live. And though there’s still a lot to learn about the microbiome, most scientists and physicians agree that the microbiome development starts in the first months of life. “Not only is it important to prevent cuts and cracks in that protective barrier,” say board-certified dermatologists Dr. Mariwalla and Dr. Gohara, “but, believe it or not, it is equally important to nourish the natural bacteria that live on our skin.” That’s why Baby Dove Head to Toe Wash and Lotion are made with prebiotic moisturiser – prebiotics support the ‘good bacteria’ in your baby’s skin microbiome, helping to promote healthy and resilient skin. Want to know how to care for the microbiome? Here are a few newborn skin care tips to help keep your baby’s skin happy and healthy.
Dr. Mona Gohara, MD, FAAD
Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD
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