Applied and Environmental Science

The Skin Microbiome Affects Skin Aging

Two Corynebacteria species – one associated with younger people and one associated with older people – have been discovered to play a role in skin aging say scientists at Amway Corporation and Microbiome Insights.  The study was led by Greg Hillebrand of Amway and Malcolm Kendall of Mcrobiome Insights, and the team data presented their data at the Happi Anti-Aging Conference & Tabletop Exhibition in New Brunswick, NJ on November 29 and 30.

The two species are co-exclusive, which means that they cannot exist simultaneously at the same skin site, and the ‘old skin’ species replaces the new one between the ages of 40-49.

The team conducted two studies.  The first involved 495 healthy men and women between the ages of 9 to 78.  The other involved 154 healthy men and women and was conducted to confirm the results of the first study, which it did.  The old skin bacterium was associated with skin redness, wrinkles, and age spots and might be a target for intervention.

The full results of the study will be published in 2018.