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Skin microbiota: the critical role of a balanced skin

Atualizado: 1 de abr. de 2023

What is the importance of the skin microbiota?

The skin microbiota plays an essential role in the protection against pathogens. Also, the skin microbiota helps to regulate the skin's immune response and maintain its pH balance, which is essential for preventing inflammation and irritation.

What distinguishes a balanced skin microbiota from dysbiosis?

A balanced microbiota, rich and diverse, is essential for maintaining healthy skin as it helps protect against infections, regulates immune responses, and maintains the skin's barrier function.


In contrast, dysbiosis results from an imbalance in the microbiota's composition and/or diversity. For example, skin dysbiosis has been observed in atopic dogs, where there is reduced bacterial diversity and an overgrowth of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.

Innovative solutions: microbiome-targeted therapies

Restoring skin microbial biodiversity is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and barrier function.

Microbiome-targeted therapies

Microbiome-targeted therapies, such as #prebiotics and probiotics, have the potential to modulate the composition and diversity of the cutaneous microbiota.

Balanced skin microbiota

Maintaining a balanced skin microbiota is especially important in dogs with atopic dermatitis, as they are often colonized with Staphylococcus bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics.

Ref: Pierezan F, et al. The skin microbiome in allergen-induced canine atopic dermatitis. Vet. Dermatoly 2016




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