by Lisa Keilhofer

Cosmetics industry puts skin microbiome into focus

Cosmetics industries and the skin microbiome
There are new cooperations in the cosmetics and pharma industry in the area of research and development.

The microbiome is the new big thing in cosmetics and pharma industry. That’s good news, because unlike many so-called megatrends, the matter microbiome is not just a marketing gag but a serious, science-based matter. In addition, attentiveness towards your microbiome does not artificially create more need in cosmetics (what is usually the goal of marketing), but means a “back to nature”.

Many cooperations in research and development

The DSM company recently announced the investment in the Belgian biotech enterprise S-Biomedic and thus microbiome research. DSM is among the world’s leading producers of food supplements, cosmetics and other chemical-technical products. S-Biomedics is doing research for instance in pro-biotic acne treatments and the interaction between skin and gut microbiome. DSM is taking this new cooperation seriously, as the sponsored webpage shows (Link).

The British company SkinBio Therapeutics follows a similar approach. Cosmetics, infection control products and eczema should be treated on pro-biotic basis (Link).

Also, the well-known cosmetics company L´Oreal recently joined in a cooperation with the US uBiome group. Again, the main focus is on the microbiome and its investigation.

Furthermore, the investment of Unilever in Gallinée (Link) can be taken as prove how important companies like Unilever value research on microbiome for the strategic future.

Microbiome-friendly products, products restoring a damaged microbiome or products using the microbiome for treating secondary disease patterns, are obviously on the rise.

“In-Cosmetics Global” under the headline of microbiome research

These days (April 2-4, 2019) the fair “In-Cosmetics Global” took place in Paris and welcomed the most important players in cosmetics and pharma industry. A glimpse into the program shows how present microbiome research is, right now. On the agenda are exclusively microbiome-related topics (Link). The matter is the mind of the people, obviously. We are eagerly awaiting the outcomes of the next days and months and are glad that the long time neglected microbiome finally gets the attention it deserves.

Lisa Keilhofer
Lisa Keilhofer

Lisa Keilhofer studied at the University of Regensburg. She works in internationalization and as a freelance editor.

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