Skout’s Honor is excited to announce that NY Mag.com‘s, The Strategist, an obsessively researched online shopping and product discovery guide, has featured two of our cleaning products in “What Pet-Owners Need To Clean And Protect Their Furniture According to Experts”! Under the “Best pet-friendly furniture cleaning products” section, our Stain & Odor Remover and Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer made the cut!
All of the experts we spoke with agreed that it’s best to use pet-safe, natural products to clean your furniture, as many ingredients common in other cleaners (like bleach, ammonia, and formaldehyde) are toxic to cats and dogs. These sprays from Skout’s Honor come highly recommended from both Ellis and Schwab, who like that they’re non-toxic and specifically designed to eliminate odors and stains from pets.
Probiotics are the new buzz word for enhancing your Pet’s Grooming regimen, thanks to the award-winning line of products from Skout’s Honor…but the truth is that Probiotics in Human Skin Care/Beauty Products is where it all began…
A decade ago, the thought of embracing bacteria would have raised plenty of eyebrows. However, with growing wellness trends, a lot of health-driven individuals have no problem embracing the bacteria that is probiotics.
While bacteria does have a bad reputation, it’s important to remember that they’re not all bad. There exists microflora that can be extremely beneficial to the body. So much so that they’ve been included in foods and created in supplement form. That being said, what exactly are these good bacteria that everyone seems to be centering their lifestyle and diet on?
What Are Probiotics?
According to studies, the health of one’s gut can actually impact their general wellbeing (1). Thus it is important to keep your gut health in check, and that’s where probiotics come in.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that inhabit both inside and on the surface of the body. They are good bacteria because they keep the gut healthy by countering the harmful effects of bad bacteria. Alcohol, a poor diet and even antibiotics can upset this balance and jeopardize your health.
Aside from supplements, these good bacteria can also be found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. Thus, as they can influence the health of our guts, can they also do the same for our skin?
Probiotics And Skin Care
Similar to the gut, the skin also contains a large population of microflora that can affect its appearance. A change in this microflora can result in dull and prematurely aged skin. It can also trigger inflammatory skin conditions such as redness and acne.
The topical use of probiotics on the skin can help to alleviate these concerns by balancing out the skin’s bacterial population. A benefit of this would be added protection against environmental threats such as sun damage.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, probiotics can help to diminish the signs of aging by encouraging the production of collagen.
Probiotics also help to hydrate the skin, alleviate redness and sensitivity as well as combat inflammatory skin concerns such as acne,psoriasis and eczema (2).
Does My Skin Need Probiotics?
Our lifestyle choices aren’t only affecting our gut health but they’re also disrupting the microfloral balance in our skin. Furthermore, the use of skincare products rich in parabens and sulfates can also cause disarray.
Hence, those with sensitive skin, inflammatory flareups as well as those living in a city will each benefit from including probiotics in their skincare regimes. In fact, a study from the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that they could actually be the key to both acne and rosacea treatments.
Skout’s Honor is excited to announce that Us Weekly, the celebrity lifestyle magazine, featured our Probiotic Grooming products in this week’s issue (on stands March 8)! Under the “Spring Celebrity Pets” product feature, our Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1) and Daily-use Probiotic Deodorizer (both in Lavender) were included as a pet essential & must-have for the season!
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There’s been a lot of buzz going on out there lately about the importance of a healthy “Microbiome.” But the truth is, most people have NO IDEA what that means. We’re here to break it down for you and explain why this uber-trendy word is one that you need to familiarize yourself with.
Let’s start with the actual definition: Microbiome (Noun)
A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the body.
While that may sound gross or ‘dirty’ to some – the microbiome is actually our skin’s living, protective layer. Not all bacteria is “bad” bacteria – in fact, we need “good” bacteria to thrive in and on our bodies in order to maintain a healthy life. The skin microbiome is home to billions of bacteria at any given time – both good and bad. When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets out of whack and the bad bacteria is given the opportunity to take over, we experience symptoms of inflammation, irritation and other health problems. For the skin, these symptoms of a microbiome that is off-balance often appear as itch, odor, redness, dryness, etc.
Enter topical probiotics…
It has been proven that when applied to the skin, probiotics do an incredible job at supporting and strengthening the “good” bacteria on the skin so that it can more effectively defend against opportunistic pathogens and “bad” bacteria from taking over. Probiotics are the ultimate protector, preventer and defender against our skin’s worst enemies (bad bacteria) – and when applied regularly can offer an effective, natural way to keep skin problems from occurring in the first place.
So it’s no surprise that the trend of Probiotic Skin Care has quickly evolved as one of the hottest, most innovative solutions in human beauty and skin care products to treat our most common skin problems: acne, rosacea, etc. Check any beauty shelf or cosmetic counter at retail today and you’ll find a selection of items that claim probiotics as a key, active ingredient for balancing and restoring skin health.
So, since probiotics offer such a powerful solution for treating human skin care woes – just imagine the possibilities when it comes to using topical probiotics on our favorite furry family members (our pets)! Just as we suffer from time to time from skin irritations and inflammation due to environmental factors, genetics, etc. – so do our pets. Any pet parent can recall a moment when their dog or cat has gone crazy itching or scratching the same spot for hours – and we all know how odor control can be a problem when it comes to a pet with ongoing skin irritations. We want our pets to look, feel (and smell!) their best – and today’s pet parents are constantly seeking new opportunities to improve their dog or cat’s well being.
Our pet’s skin microbiome is just as sensitive as our own. When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets off track, we start to see problems like hot spots, itching/licking, odor, shedding, dander and dryness. Unfortunately the most common response to date has been a cycle of “treat and repeat” – using shampoos/topical treatments that temporarily relieve the presenting problem (oatmeal baths for itch, steroids for inflammation/redness, etc.). The problem is that once those treatments wear off, the same underlying cause of the symptoms is still there – which is ultimately an imbalance in the pet’s skin microbiome. Until the good bacteria on their skin is effectively restored and supported, pets suffering from recurring problems will never be cured.
At Skout’s Honor we are excited to offer a new solution for pet parents who have been on that treat-and-repeat cycle with their own animal(s). We saw an exciting opportunity in the science behind topical probiotics and the results it has offered humans for transforming skin care/health.
Through the introduction of our Probiotic Skin Care line for pets – we’ve unleashed a game changer for the pet industry and the grooming category in particular. Our Probiotic shampoos, conditioners and daily-use treatments are infused with a live probiotic kefir culture, which offers an incredibly hydrating, soothing and luxurious grooming experience – while providing a powerful boost of probiotics to the skin and coat. That boost leaves the animal feeling clean, soft, shiny and smelling amazing. Best of all, the probiotics that are left behind after the wash provide an active, preventative approach to skin health – helping support the good bacteria on the animal’s skin in order to keep the bad bacteria away.
Don’t take our word for it. Since launching this innovative line, our Probiotic grooming products have received several industry awards and accolades from pet industry experts including Pet Age magazine, Pet Business Magazine, etc. Every day we receive new testimonials and before/after images from pet parents, professional groomers and veterinarians who say that our products have been able to restore skin and coat health for animals who have long-suffered chronic skin problems.
About half of your pet’s bodyweight is made up of microorganisms. No joke! While this may sound gross, it turns out that the bacteria, yeasts and fungus (commonly known as the microbiome) play a more critical role in the health and well being of our fur friends than expected. In fact, the importance of the microbiome is something that modern medicine is just beginning to understand.
When the natural skin biome is out of balance, the resulting condition is known as “dysbiosis.” A recent article by Suzannah Weiss on Bustle.com discussed findings on the widespread affects of dysbiosis in humans, ranging from bloating to chronic depression.
While the gut biome and the need for a diet with probiotics gets plenty of attention in the pet world, current research conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology is finding that regular topical probiotic use in skin care products can prove beneficial to general skin problems associated with “topical dysbiosis.”
Most pet parents are closely in tune with their pet’s health status – but there are also some common symptoms that get overlooked, which could actually be a result of an out-of-whack skin biome.
5 Signs Your Pet is Suffering from a Dysbiosis of the Skin:
They Itch a Lot
Environmental damage from wind, weather, over-grooming and even the occasional dip in the swimming pool can wreak havoc on a dog’s skin, stripping away the protective layer known as the sebum. The sebum is an oily layer on the surface of the skin that houses the microbiome and acts as the first layer of protection against pathogenic yeast, fungus and bacteria. Oatmeal shampoos and medicated products can provide some symptomatic relief, but do not address the underlying problem, and can often contribute to a relapse.
They have excessive body odor
The number one cause of excessive odor is yeast. Dogs suffering from allergies or hormonal imbalance are especially susceptible to underlying infection. A lot of the over-the-counter solutions feature anti-bacterial properties, which can actually perpetuate the problem.
They shed more than normal
All dogs shed, but if things are getting out of control it is most likely due to physical and/or psychological stress manifested in an autoimmune response. Most shampoos advertised as “de-shedding” simply help rinse out unwanted hair. Addressing the cause of stress is the first step and often requires a trip to the vet.
They take a lot of antibiotics
Antibiotics are good at killing the bad bacteria, but they are even better at killing the good bacteria too – and they have no effect whatsoever on fungus and yeast (which is usually the real problem). Animals that take antibiotics regularly are open to all kinds of opportunistic pathogens and lack the support of their symbiotic community. The best bet is to avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and actively replenish the beneficial bacteria (through ingestible & topical probiotics) once the drug cycle is complete.
They have frequent hot spots
Pyotraumatic dermatitis, commonly known as a “hot spot” is a common form of pyoderma. Bad bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash that can quickly turn into a hot spot. Products that kill the bad bacteria do nothing to prevent it from returning or calm the inflammation, necessitating additional ingredients to help mask the pain.
Supporting a Healthy Skin Biome for Your Pet:
Topical probiotics are a great alternative to traditional solutions. “Probiotic shampoos and conditioners such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo Products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat,” says Liz Hanson, DVM. “Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorize, and prevent matting and excessive shedding.” Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of natural ways to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the natural beauty of their coat.
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 Dirt, TULA, 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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Lori Ennis from PetGuide.com lists her top 10 products for crunchy pet parents after attending the 2018 Global Pet Expo and Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care Line for Pets makes the list!
A “crunchy” person and pet parent likes organic, holistic and natural products that are safe for the family, home and of course, our pets! Among the many products Lori lists, Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care makes the cut as a natural way to bring healthy and happy skin to your dog! It is designed to support your pet’s natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor for a healthier and better-looking skin and coat.
The skin is the largest organ in the body. That statement is true for human, canine and feline. However, it isn’t as good at protecting us as we once thought, due to all sorts of environmental factors that can disrupt the skin’s natural balance. Luckily, the skin has friends…lots of them. Skin health is the result of a symbiotic relationship between the skin and the trillions of beneficial bacteria that call it home. When left in its natural state and perfect balance, the skin has the potential to provide all the protection we need against the most common ailments.
Unfortunately, daily life in an industrialized society and the products we use to groom our furry friends often disrupt the natural balance of their skin’s biome and can leave the animal susceptible to opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and an immune system that over reacts – often leading to excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor.
Medications can provide relief from the effects of a pet’s disrupted skin biome, but do nothing to help the cause, often leaving the animal in a vicious cycle of treat-and-repeat. The only true product solution to the problem of an unnatural imbalance is to bring the skin’s biome back to its natural state, in a safe and scientifically-proven way: the use of topical probiotics!
Topical probiotics are not designed to treat, cure or prevent any of the ailments listed above. They do not clean the coat or the skin. Instead, they work to rejuvenate, support and maintain the bacteria naturally found on the skin and allow these trillions of “good guys” to do what they do best: protect their home from the environmental damage and inflammation that causes skin and coat issues.
Think of it this way: Happier Bacteria = A Happier Pet!
Here is a great example/testimonial of how the use of Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Skin Care line can do wonders for your pet’s skin:
“We have tried everything from Vet-prescribed medications, to a variety of other over-the-counter products, and this is the ONLY thing that has worked to clear up my dog’s ongoing skin problem. The time frame for this before/after was less than a week. I love it!!!” – Jennifer Hively, pet parent