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Synbiotic skin care 

In humans, the skin is considered to be the largest organ and, like the internal organs, contains several layers of specialised cells (tissues) that function together. The condition of the skin sometimes provides important information about whether or not the body as a whole functions properly. Our skin is the first and most important barrier to the outside world and protects us against harmful influences and infections. 

Moreover, it has become clear in recent years that the skin carries a large number  of micro-organisms (= skin microbiome or skin flora) that fulfil an important function. When the skin flora or the skin are disturbed, this can lead to a large number of (serious) problems. 

The skin and its microbiome 

Human skin has an area of 2 square meters and consists of 3 main layers: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis; each of which still consists of several sublayers with a specific function. Each square cm of the skin contains about 100 sweat glands, 10,000 cells and 200 nerve endings in addition to blood vessels! 

The skin has several important functions: 

  • Protection against harmful germs and the outside world
    - Measure via the nerve endings of e.g. outside temperature
    - Temperature control via intensive blood flow
    - Moisture regulation via the sweat glands
    - Storage of fats, vitamin D and other vital substances
    - Absorption of oxygen or, for example, medicines via ointments or patches
    - Social function in which the colour and health of the skin play a role in human interaction 

In addition to the skin (structure) itself, recent research also shows that the microflora present on the skin (= skin microbiome) plays a very important role. A microbiome is the total number of micro-organisms (mainly bacteria) that are located somewhere; whether they work together as a community or not. The best known microbiome is that of humans and includes, for example, the micro-organisms present in our mouth, digestive system and on our skin. Even though these microorganisms do not all work together, they do determine the "state (or health)" of the place where they are located. A stable, healthy microbiome is therefore of great importance for our health and that of the entire environment. Human skin naturally contains millions of micro-organisms! 

Skin disorders 

The skin structure and its microbiome are both important to protect us from many harmful influences and infections. When one or both are damaged, there is a good chance that we will have skin or health problems. Very often these problems are directly or indirectly linked to microbiology. When the skin is physically damaged, certain microorganisms can suddenly cause infection, while not doing so on intact skin. 

Some of the most common skin disorders: 

  • Acne: inflammation of the sebaceous glands with possible secondary infections of the wounds 
  • Allergy: reaction of the skin to all kinds of external or internal substances
  • Atopic eczema: chronic inflammation of the skin causing damage
  • Dermatitis: acute skin infections with different causes 
  • Dry skin: damage to the skin due to an incorrect water balance
  • Shingles: inflammation of the skin due to the Varicella virus
  • Psoriasis: disordered skin renewal process with unpleasant symptoms
  • Fungal infections: inflammation of the skin due to infection with Candida or other fungi
  • Staphylococcus infections: serious infections and inflammations with the Staphylococcus bacteria 
  • Warts: skin damage from viral infections 

It is also possible that an underlying condition (e.g. cancer) has a negative effect on the skin, causing it to be damaged and thus causing additional problems. 

In the prevention and cure of most skin conditions, it is crucial to keep the skin structure and the skin microbiome in good condition! 

Classic soaps and disinfectants 

Until a few years ago, people were not yet aware of the great importance of the skin microbiome. The soaps, shower gels, shampoos that had been developed until then mainly aimed at cleaning the skin as powerfull as possible, often with very strong degreasing effect. On the one hand, such degreasing damages the skin itself, but especially also the natural microflora that is on the skin. This greatly disrupts the skin and its microbiome, causing them to lose their protective function. 

Disinfectants are absolutely harmful to the skin and its microbiome. These products date from the era of aseptics in which they wanted to kill all micro-organisms in order to obtain good hygiene. In the meantime, science has shown that a large number of micro-organisms exist that are useful or even necessary for our good health. Disinfectants also kill these good microorganisms and also create resistance among the bad germs. 

Classic chemical soaps and certainly disinfectants damage the skin and the microbiome, increasing the risk of skin problems! 

Synbio® skin cleansing and care 

After many years of research, Chrisal has developed a technology for skin cleansing and care that maximally respects the skin and its microbiome and keeps it in good condition! This patented (EP3210612A1) technology is based on synbiotics: 

Synbiotics: Probiotics: Prebiotics: 

the combination of probiotics and prebiotics.
good bacteria that improve human and animal health nutrients that stimulate the development of good bacteria 


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The Synbio® skin care products contain a high concentration of probiotics and prebiotics. The probiotics reduce the risk of infections and install a good protective microbiome on the skin. The prebiotics support and stimulate the growth and activity of naturally good skin bacteria. In addition, the probiotics are active dirt removers that clean the skin on a microscopic level. This leads to a permanent skin cleansing and therefore a smooth and healthy skin. 

The main goal is to prevent an unhealthy skin microbiome. Because the Synbio® products actively add high numbers of good bacteria (the probiotics) and stimulate the growth of existing good skin bacteria through the prebiotics, a very stable and healthy microflora is formed and maintained. 

This stable healthy skin microbiome provides many benefits, both preventive and curative. Academic research institutes have conducted extensive research into the effects of this technology, which makes the claims made clinically proven! 





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