GQ.com: For Healthy Skin, Just Add…Bacteria?

There is more bacteria on our skin than inside of our body!

Just like your gut, your skin can benefit from the right balance of bacteria. Marketing for soaps and hand sanitizers typically uses scorched-earth language, stuff like “Kills 99.99% of germs!” The idea being: Destroy all bacteria. But that might actually be bad for you—the way antibiotics disturb your body’s chemical makeup. Like your stomach, your skin has a delicate balance of bacteria called a “microbiome.”

“Our bodies are a symbiotic organism that rely heavily on their relationship with bacteria, inside and out,” says Julie E. Russak, MD, founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic. “We have more bacteria on our skin than we do in our body.”

Russak says that the skin microbiome protects us from invasive virus-causing pathogens and maintains the pH function of the skin. (That is, it prevents skin from getting too dry or too oily.) So how can we thwart the bad bacteria without offing the good stuff?

Apparently certain brands are rolling out “biome-friendly” products that specifically work to fortify the skin’s microbiome—like Mother DirtTULA, and even Clinique. They don’t necessarily contain live bacteria (though some do); instead, most contain “pre-biotics,” which stimulate the good stuff. Russak names lactic acid as one example: “It helps against acne and decreases inflammation in sensitive skin, thus restoring the barrier function of the skin, which helps with sensitive skin and eczema,” she says.

Here’s another way to look at it: Instead of an antibacterial approach (“Kill everything!”), these brands buttress the good stuff so that it’s strong enough to fend off the bad stuff on its own. (“Organize and resist!”) Another way to support your skin’s microbiome is to eliminate ingredients that kill the good microbes in the skin—these are typically the ingredients that preserve a product and thus give it a longer shelf life. So while you might sacrifice longevity on that cleanser, you make up for it by not sacrificing the healthy ecology that has effectively sustained humans for, I dunno, hundreds of thousands of years.

Your scalp and hair can benefit from a probiotic approach, too. A microbiome-friendly shampoo helps balance the oil production up top, meaning your hair gets less greasy…meaning you don’t have to shampoo as often. (This is a good thing, since shampoo strips your hair and scalp of its natural, healthy oils that keep them strong.) So, yeah, it’s a shampoo you buy so that you ultimately use shampoo less. Weird, I know, but it’s the same theory as a probiotic approach: Don’t kill the good with the bad! Preserve the good oils and increase your dependence on them, instead of stoking your repulsion to oil as a whole. You’ll have more good hair days because of it.

You can further benefit your skin and body’s microbiomes by maintain a pro-probiotic diet. “Include a wide variety of fresh, whole foods that will activate, replenish, and nourish your body,” says Russak. “And as long as you avoid common irritants such as processed foods, sugar, gluten, and dairy, your skin will thank you.” She also suggests eating foods like fermented organic veggies and fruits, as well as fermented yogurts (with live or active cultures) in moderation, though goat’s milk yogurt, coconut yogurt, and almond yogurt are good alternatives. And here’s one curveball: Russak “prescribes” sauerkraut as a source of many healthy live cultures, in addition to microbiome-friendly vitamins A, B, C, and K.

Bottom line: “A strong, balanced microbiome is essential for a glowing, healthy complexion,” Russak says.

Even if it means rubbing bacteria on your skin.

(Reposted from a Skincare GQ.com article – August 2017 – by Adam Hurley)

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Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine!

Skout's Honor Probiotic Deodorizer
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine Fall 2018 Issue

Modern Dog Magazine, the lifestyle magazine for modern dogs and their companions has featured Skout’s Honor Probiotic Daily-Use Deodorizer inside their Fall 2018 Issue.

In the article Battle of the Bath, there are tips and products listed to help pet owners deal with dogs that hate being groomed. Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer is one of the products listed to make life easier between bathing to freshen up your pet.

“Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer in Honeysuckle scent not only hydrates but also deodorizes your dog’s skin by incorporating probiotics, which make it difficult for harmful bacteria to take over while allowing good bacteria to flourish. Just spray on and brush or massage through your dog’s coat and onto skin for a fresher, better-smelling pet in between washes! Can be used daily.” skoutshonor.com

Find Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer, as well as the complete Probiotic Skin Care Line at www.skoutshonor.com.

Real Simple Magazine Picks Skout’s Honor for “Best Natural Grooming Products” Round Up

 

This August, Real Simple Magazine published it’s short list of top choices after reviewing more than 30 Natural Pet Grooming products and Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care line for pets made the cut!

“You won’t find any harmful chemicals in these pet grooming supplies—only pampering, moisturizing products that really work…Rethink your pet’s skincare routine with [Skout’s Honor] probiotic shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer set. Made for pets suffering from excessive shedding and itching, this system uses beneficial bacteria to reduce inflammation while also keeping your pet smelling (and feeling) good.” – Editor, Real Simple

Incredible results using our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer!

Don’t take our word for it…check out this latest testimonial we received from a customer who used our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer to treat a serious skin allergy/hotspot problem.  Bow to the WOW!

Our Probiotic Skin Care for pets is the first and ONLY grooming line designed to stop problems before they start…but we’re also hearing some amazing stories from our retail partners and pet parents about its ability to treat and speed up the healing process for a variety of skin issues.

Natural solution to treating hotspots, itching, odor, shedding, inflammation & infection!

HGTV Magazine features Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

Pick up the latest issue of HGTV Magazine and you’ll find Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Shampoo + Conditioner (in Honeysuckle scent) featured as one of “16 Ways to Spoil Your Pet!”

Your competitive advantage: Topical Probiotics!

Discover the unique Competitive Advantage of using Topical Probiotics on your pet, and why our NEW Probiotic Grooming line is better than the current alternative ‘natural’ skin & coat treatments…

Skout’s Honor Topical Probiotics – support the good bacteria that naturally calm inflammation and prevent bad bacteria from taking over. No known side effects. Safe for use on all animals. An active approach designed to correct the underlying cause of the most common grooming related ailments, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot-spots, odor and infection. Helps breaks the cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Current Alternative Treatments:

Enzyme Treatments – kill the source of infection on dog or cat’s skin. Effectively wipes the slate clean, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat.  Promotes imbalance.

Colloidal Oatmeal – create a physical barrier to soothe and protect itchy skin. Passive replacement for damaged or missing skin biome. Only works when present. Does not treat the underlying cause of bacterial imbalance. Can be an allergen. Creates a cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Alpha Hydroxys – remove the top layers of dead skin cells. Eliminate the skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Can cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching and skin discoloration. Promotes imbalance.

Corticosteroids and Antifungal Cream – treatment of symptomatic inflammatory yeast infection. Kills fungus and reduces inflammation. Potentially fatal if swallowed. Kills yeast, disrupts biome, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Promotes imbalance.

NOTE: Topical probiotics can be used in conjunction with an enzyme or other anti-fungal treatment as a therapeutic remedy to help restore the natural biome and break the cycle of treat-and-repeat.

How Topical Probiotics Can Improve the Health of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat

By Liz Hanson, Veterinarian (DVM)

Probiotics are commonly thought of as an oral supplement used to help maintain a healthier digestive tract, however, current research is finding that regular topical probiotic use can prove beneficial to healthier skin as well. One of the most common skin conditions in our pets is skin allergies with secondary pyoderma (bacterial skin infection). Researchers are now seeing how the “healthy” bacteria applied topically with products such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioners may benefit these skin conditions.

In pets with pyoderma, bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash. Probiotics applied topically can help prevent the itchy skin rash from forming by blocking skin cells from recognizing the bad bacteria. In addition, topical probiotics could also contribute to killing the bad bacteria with its antimicrobial properties. Lastly, other research has shown that probiotics can help reduce the sensitivity of skin cells to signal the immune system’s reaction towards the bad bacteria.

Those pets bathed with the Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioner have already shown positive results! Some of Dr. Hanson’s clients have used the Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented probiotic shampoo and conditioner to maintain the health of their pet’s skin. There has been overwhelming positive feedback on the cleanliness, smell and soft feel of their pet’s coat and skin. Those clients who have dogs diagnosed with skin allergies have also seen less pyoderma flare ups with weekly use of the probiotic shampoo.

Skout’s Honor Testimonials:

“My 2 year old chocolate lab mix has been treated off and on for pyoderma and skin allergies for the past 6 months. Dr. Hanson told me about a new honeysuckle scented probiotic shampoo by Skout’s Honor and I have been using it weekly on my Labrador. His coat condition has remained free from pyoderma and is less itchy. He also has a healthy sheen and super fluffy coat. I love the smell of the shampoo after he is bathed and how soft his coat is now.” Amy Directo – client of CDM Animal Hospital

“I have worked as a groomer at CDM Animal Hospital for 20+ years and feel the dogs and cats bathed with Skout’s Honor shampoo and conditioner have a much softer and cleaner coat. I have used the unscented shampoo on those dogs with sensitive skin and have seen great results with no allergic reactions. For those long haired dogs and cats such as the Maltese, Bichon, Persian and Himalayans who come in for grooming, using the detangler has made my job much easier!”  – Nellie de Leon, Groomer at Corona Del Mar (CDM) Animal Hospital

“I love the smell of the honeysuckle scented shampoo and have seen much less shedding.”  Shannon Duss – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“I have allergies to most smells from topical pet products and the unscented shampoo from Skout’s Honor is now my favorite!  It lathers well and my Shih Tzu always feels clean and happy.  She runs around the house feeling like a million bucks after her bath!”  Liz Sabori – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“My cat, Yukon’s coat has shed less and feels softer since using the Lavender Probiotic shampoo.  I would buy this again!” Lauren Henry, Receptionist at CDM Animal Hospital

5 Natural Remedies to Keep Your Pet’s Coat and Skin Healthy

1. Fish and Sweet Potato Diet

Feeding a fish-based diet will provide a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. This type of diet may also help those with food allergy based skin conditions. It’s recommended to try the diet for 6 weeks before assessing if it is benefiting your dog’s skin. For those dogs and cats with suspected food allergies, a dietary food trial can help eliminate those foods that trigger skin allergies.

2. Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Giving your pet Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation and itchiness to their skin which will promote a healthier, shiny coat. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid found in corn, soy, flaxseed, and other nuts. Omega-6 fatty acids help pets with dry, flaky skin. Dandruff, thin and discolored hair, and increased shedding are all associated with low linoleic acid levels in the skin and diet. These fatty acid supplements can be found in capsule and liquid form as an additive to your pet’s diet.

3. Probiotic Shampoo and Conditioners

Weekly baths with probiotic shampoo and conditoners such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat. Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorizes, and prevents matting and excessive shedding. Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of a natural way to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the luster and sheen of their coat.

4. Monthly Flea Control

If more conventional flea products such as Comfortis, Simparica, Revolution, etc. are not used, external applications of coconut oil high in lauric acid and diluted essential oils have shown some benefit. Using a daily flea comb in combination with weekly baths with shampoos such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo is also a natural alternative for flea control. However, heavier flea infestations may need environmental and flea medicine treatment.

5. Regular Grooming

Weekly brushing helps to keep your pet’s coat free of mats, burrs, and tangles and their skin free of fleas and ticks. With regular brushing, it will alert you if your pet needs treatment for fleas and ticks. If your pet has a heavier amount of mats and tangles, clipping their coat and removing their mats by a professional groomer may be necessary. Using a detangler, such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Detangler will also help remove the mats and minimize your pet’s discomfort during grooming. Additional benefits of regular brushing are reducing the amount of shedding in your home and serving as special time for you and your pet to bond. Lastly, with weekly brushing, pet owners will also be able to find lumps, injuries, rashes, and painful mats that may otherwise be missed. In fact, early detection of finding potential cancerous growths could help save your pet’s life!