Have you heard of quorum sensing before? Well your skin is probably doing it right now. It’s basically chemical signal activity within the skin that causes breakouts and inflammation but there are now ways to break through this process to inhibit the communication of bad bacteria and rebalance the skin to stop your acne from getting out of control. We’re here to tell you all about quorum sensing and what you can do to stop it.
What exactly is it?
When it comes to protecting us from harmful aggressors and daily damage, our skin is the first line of defence. It’s also home to billions of different bacteria that help keep your complexion healthy and these are known as your skin’s microbiome which are essential to skin health. A lot of the time, your microbiome will be healthy and have a good balance of good and bad bacteria but this can become disrupted when the bad bacteria starts to communicate and congregate, leading to an imbalance that causes breakouts and other skin concerns.
One of these bacteria is called P Acnes, or Propionibacterium Acnes, which is the bacteria that lives at the base of the hair follicles and survives in a low oxygen environment by living in sebum, under dead skin cells. The imbalance happens when P Acnes bacteria give off a chemical that allows it to communicate with bacteria of the same kind, causing them to form colonies and proliferate which then leads to acne and inflammation.
How can we prevent this and why?
We can disrupt this process by using oil-controlling ingredients, such as Salicylic Acid and clays, or exfoliators but if you use specifically formulated breakthrough quorum sensing technology, you can inhibit the communication between the bad bacteria and restore balance to the skin’s microbiome too.
What ingredients should we look for?
A power pairing of Lactobacillus Sakei Ferment and Korean Red Pine Extract can completely shut down an enzyme that P Acnes bacteria uses to create its signals, disrupting its communication and putting a stop to breakouts, redness and irritation. These ingredients can be found in Murad’s Clarifying Oil-Free Water Gel which has been formulated to ensure the skin’s microbiome stays balanced and blemishes are kept to a minimum. It also effectively soothes the skin and takes care of inflammation to leave the complexion smooth, fresh and more manageable.