Skin Microbiome Analysis ESSENS Le Caractère
As incredible as it may seem, the skin is the largest organ of the human body and consists of three layers: epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue. The surface of the skin is approximately 2 m2 and its main function, together with the microorganisms found there, is to protect our body from the negative effects of the external environment. These are mainly climatic changes, the effects of chemicals, bacteria, viruses, fungi or solar UV radiation. In addition to the protective function, the skin microbiome also has thermoregulatory, immunological, metabolic and secretory functions. The microbial population of the skin, the so-called skin microbiome, is absolutely essential for the health of the skin, its elasticity, firmness and youthful appearance. The skin microbiome is a collective name for all microorganisms (or their genes) that are found on the skin. It is completely unique for each person. As a result, each of us has a unique microbial makeup. The skin microbiome represents the second largest population of bacteria and other microorganisms after the gut microbiome. The density of the bacterial population of the skin is more than one million bacteria per 1 cm2. Key and dominant bacterial genera include Cutibacterium (formerly Propionibacterium), Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, which also determine the health and condition of the skin.
Skin Microbiome Analysis
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The correct microbial composition of the skin together with sufficient nutrients and optimal hydration creates a primary protective barrier that protects the skin from the action of dangerous pathogens. The attack of pathogens, especially hostile bacteria, then causes dermal problems such as acne, eczema and dermatitis. Furthermore, drying or premature ageing of the skin occurs. However, the neglected skin microbiome has implications for other areas of human health. These are not only skin diseases such as acne, atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, but also, for example, inflammation of the intervertebral discs or breast fibrosis in women with breast implants. The latest scientific studies also point to the possibility of a connection between the skin microbiome and hair loss (alopecia).
A healthy skin microbiome maintains the skin`s natural elasticity and hydration. It makes a fundamental contribution to maintaining the skin`s optimal pH and its youthful appearance.Friendly skin bacteria restore the protective skin barrier, maintain proper skin immunity and prevent the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria that can cause inflammation, damage and accelerated ageing of the skin, including loss of elasticity. A balanced skin microbiome works against skin ageing.
The skin immune system is similar in organisation and importance to the intestinal immune system. The proper functioning of skin immunity is fundamentally dependent on the skin microbiome, which enables a balance between the anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory systems.Increased activity of pro-inflammatory substances causes skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic eczema or contact dermatitis. The analysis of the skin microbiome and its targeted influence represents the most modern and completely unique approach in skin care at the highest level.
What bacteria from the skin microbiome do we monitor
We focus on bacteria that have been proven to be linked to skin condition. When analysing them, we can detect susceptibility to some dermal problems, or connection with existing skin problems.
Staphylococcus epidermidis – this friendly skin bacterium has the ability to stimulate dermal cells to produce antimicrobial peptides (e.g. β-defensins against S. aureus). Thanks to this, it maintains the balance of the skin microbiome. Some metabolites of this bacterium suppress uncontrolled inflammatory reactions and have a positive effect on wound healing.
Cutibacterium acnes (formerly known as Propionibacterium acnes) – this is a bacterium that forms a natural part of the skin microbiome. However, if its population increases uncontrollably, the risk of acne and skin lesions also increases. This bacterium produces proteases (release amino acids from skin proteins) and lipases (degrade sebum lipids). Cutibacterium acnes is found in sebum-rich areas such as the scalp, face, chest and back. The amount of C. acnes changes with age. It is rarely found on the skin of children, but during adolescence and adulthood its representation increases and after the age of 50 it decreases again.
Staphylococcus aureus – this bacteria is a risk factor for our skin. It uses any weakening of the skin to its advantage and can trigger inflammatory processes. An increased number of S. aureus is associated with a higher risk of not only acne, but especially atopic dermatitis and eczematous conditions. Some types of S. aureus can significantly damage the skin, make it tired and accelerate its ageing.
Skin Microbiome Analysis is a completely new, unique approach to analysing the condition of the skin and influencing it in a targeted manner through carefully selected probiotics applied to cosmetic products. It is a unique approach that brings about a complete revolution in skin care. The analysis is based on the use of the most modern molecular-biological methods. Thanks to this, the representation of key skin microorganisms can be analysed very precisely, which play a fundamental role in maintaining healthy, hydrated and flexible skin. The follow-up of individualised microbiome cosmetics is completely revolutionary. Based on the analysis of the skin microbiome, we can design a tailor-made and personalised probiotic composition of a cosmetic cream that will ensure effective care of the skin`s `microbial world`. Personalised microbiome cosmetics are completely tailor-made for each person. It contains a `cocktail` of probiotic bacteria, which is designed with regard to the state and condition of the skin microbiome for each client, completely individually. Personalised (=individualised) microbiome cosmetics therefore supplement the missing probiotic microorganisms and thus contribute to maintaining a youthful and healthy appearance of the skin. The beneficial effect of selected probiotics is supported by other high-quality ingredients (cold-pressed oils, natural extracts), which form the basis of the cream.
The steps “How to take the skin microbiome sample” are very simple. Instructions can be found in the logged in section of this web application. You will receive the result of the skin microbiome analysis within 4 weeks from the date of delivery of the sample to our laboratory. If you decide on TOP skin care using personalised microbiome cosmetics with probiotics, it is also necessary to complete a special questionnaire in the application, which helps to select the most suitable cosmetic base and at the same time enables the fortification of cosmetics not only with strains that are missing from the microbiome, but also with strains which are tested to solve the mentioned problems.
How does the ESSENS Le Caractère purchase process work?
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1. Product purchase
ESSENS Le Caractere products:
- Analysis of the skin microbiome
- Final product (4 x 50 ml cream – 3 monthly intensive cure)
Note: At the beginning of the whole process, only the Skin Microbiome Analysis can be purchased. You will receive the final report (Analysis) from our certified laboratory by email and you can also find it in the logged-in part of the web application. At the same time, you will receive instructions for payment of the final product (3-month intensive cure) in the email. You can also find everything in the web application. It all starts with a Sampling Kit.
2. Sample Kit
The first product that you will receive after purchasing the Skin Microbiome Analysis is the Sampling Kit. It contains:
- Sampling stick
- Card with QR code and unique access to Le Caractère web section
- Reply envelope
3. How to work with Sampling Kit
- Scan the QR code from the card or enter the URL from the card
- Log into the Log In section with the access code on the card
- Log in section should guide you through the entire process
Complete the Questionnaire
Take the sample (follow the steps in the video). ATTENTION! The sample must be taken in the morning, before washing the face or applying makeup.
Pack the sample in the enclosed envelope and send it to the address stated on the envelope (Shipping cost will be refunded to your Ewallet upon presenting us with your shipping cost confirmation from the post office.)
4. Skin Microbiome Analysis
You will be informed once we receive the sample at our laboratory by email to your email address stated in the Questionnaire. You can also check that the laboratory received your sample by visiting the Logged in section. The laboratory will perform the analysis. You will receive the final report (Analysis) by email and you can also see it by logging in to the Log In section of the Le Caractère web section. Then, you will be contacted by email with instructions for purchasing the final product. Again, you can check and see everything upon logging in to the web section.
5. Preparation and production of the final product
It is important to mention that it can take up to 30 days from receiving your sample before shipping the final product. Preparation and dispatch of the final product will only take place if the final product is completely paid for.
6. Final product is shipped to your house
You will be informed both by email and by updating the Logged in part of the Le Caractere web section. The shipping costs of the final product to your address are fully covered by our company and therefore for you, it is free of charge.
A few days before the end of the 3-months intensive cure, you will be able to purchase a Skin Microbiome Analysis to see the results of your skin improvement.
Final product (4x 50ml cream)
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1. Can I order all products at once?
In the first stage, you need to purchase the Skin Microbiome Analysis. As soon as you receive the results of the analysis from the laboratory, it will be possible to purchase individualised skin cosmetics created entirely for you.
2. Is this cosmetic suitable for everyone?
Yes, it is a cosmetic developed to suit each person. It is individual and therefore suitable for everyone, regardless of gender or age.
3. I have lost access to the logged in section of ESSENS Le Caractère
Just call your home branch office and we will send you a new access code to your email address that you filled out in the questionnaire.
4. Who pays the shipping fee of the final product to the customer?
The costs associated with the shipping fee of the final products to your home will be covered by ESSENS.
5. Can an unregistered ESSENS customer also have access to the logged-in part of the web application?
Yes. Anyone who has purchased (or received from someone) a Sampling Kit has access.
6. Can I use commission or Cashback to pay for products?
If the customer is a registered ESSENS Club member, then of course paying with commisison or Cashback is possible.