The future of skin care may include lotions that cultivate the skin’s beneficial bacteria and, at the same time, help protect against harmful bacteria that can cause conditions like eczema.
In a study led by a team from the University of California, San Diego, and published in
Science Translational Medicine, researchers tried to figure out how to keep Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes eczema, in check. By creating a lotion that contained these bacteria, researchers found that the blend greatly reduced the presence of Staphylococcus aureus without aﬀecting the existing healthy bacteria.
More studies are needed, but initial tests show that future skin care products can work with the body’s microbial allies to treat bacterial conditions. See the full article at http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/378/eaah4680.