Our body is host to trillions of microorganisms.
Most are good, and a few, occasionally, are harmful. Just like our gut health relies on a carefully choreographed balance of good bacteria, so does our skin. A healthy skin micro biome is essential to maintaining youthful appearance, as well as proper functioning of sebaceous systems and skin rejuvenation (mitosis). Imbalances in skin flora, caused by stress and over-treatment with harsh skincare products, are associated with disorders such as inflammation, eczema, dandruff, excessive sebum, and malodor.
Sophorolipid, a glycolipid produced naturally from fermentation, actively supports the skin’s good bacteria. It is an ultra-gentle cleanser as well as active ingredient that enhances dermal health. Numerous studies show that Sophorolipid prevents the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria. For example, the study below shows how it prevents the biofilm formation of Candida albicans, the cause of candidiasis in the moist folds of skin.
Effect of sophorolipid on C. albicans biofilm formation was analyzed by SEM at indicated magnifications. Biofilms were formed on coated poly-L-lysine glass cover slips in 6-well cell culture plates at 37 °C for 2 days in the presence of 0 μg/ml (A), 60 μg/ml (B), 120 μg/ml (C), 240 μg/ml (D) and 480 μg/ml (E) of SL.
Inhibitory Effect of Sophorolipid on Candida albicans Biofilm Formation and Hyphal Growth, Scientific Reports, volume 6, Article number: 23575 (2016)
Sophorolipids have outstanding safety, excellent aesthetics, and are easy to formulate:
- Skin & body cleansers.
- Hair and scalp treatments.
- Toners, micellar waters, facial masks and other leave-on products that take advantage of its activity on the skin.
- Household cleaners, for brands seeking the highest level of wellness and green credentials.