Our skin is our largest organ and it's incredibly important that we do what we can to protect it. To make sure we're looking after our skin correctly, it's essential to incorporate antibiotic skincare into your daily routine.
Why is antibiotic skincare so important?
We’re going to break down exactly the reasons why this is something you should be taking into account daily, how you can go about it, and how it can affect you and the world as a whole.
Don’t worry, we won’t go full biology class on you today. But there are some crucial facts to know about antibiotic resistance and what it has to do with our skin.
The Importance of Skin Health
Skin is the largest organ of the human body with 7 important layers that makes up a whopping 16% of your body weight on average, and is tasked with protecting everything inside of our body from bones, muscles, and organs. Over the course of one's life, the average person sheds over 45 kilos of microscopic skin cells by age 70, and every second new skin cells are being produced.
Fascinating? Yes. Gross? A little. But it’s life, and our bodies are constantly getting rid of the old to make room for the new. And that’s why it’s so important that we are helping our skin to protect us better.
Without skin, we’d be much more at risk and exposed to the elements and all of the microorganisms that can do us harm. To put it simply, without skin there would be no us -- we’d be too vulnerable to survive as a species. And we’d look pretty weird.
That’s why antimicrobial resistance is a huge health crisis directly related to our skin health.
Our Body is a Temple, and Our Skin is the Defence
From the moment of birth, our skin is host to millions of different bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mites that for the most part are harmless. Some are even beneficial.
It’s like a giant apartment complex with all of the flats occupied by good and quiet tenants who sometimes help clean the property or repair a broken pipe. There are gates and locks on the doors for protection and alarms so if there is any kind of intruder or emergency, you’ll know right away.
But imagine if the building had no gates or locks or cameras or alarms. Suddenly, there could be an intruder or an emergency that you wouldn’t know about until the damage has been done.
Or, in the case of antimicrobial resistance, it’s as if some sneaky person has the passcode to the building and keys to all of the apartments and runs amok doing damage while nobody can figure out where they are or how to stop them because they decided to blend in as a concerned neighbour as well.
Either way, it’s not good.
What is Causing Resistant Bacteria?
“Overuse and incorrect use of antibiotics are creating virulent antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria (also known as “super bugs”) that are difficult to treat and often lethal.” -- Dr. Suki Harding
Antibiotic Misuse is a Driving Factor
Many of us aren’t aware of antibiotic resistance or the dangers of antimicrobial resistant strains. The major cause is due to the misuse of antibiotics often wrongly prescribed for issues like viral infections and flu, improper self-medication, or overuse of synthetic antibiotic skincare products and harsh chemicals. Because of this, antimicrobial resistant strains or “superbugs” are popping up more frequently and antibiotics are becoming ineffective.
Because these harmful microbes know how to “blend in” or avoid detection, these strains are causing serious health issues and are becoming harder to fight.
Common Skin Infections are Becoming Serious Issues
The most common skin bacteria is Staphylococcus or Staph, which lives on our skin and is what causes normal infections when we get cuts, scrapes, follicle infections, and more. But the severity of these infections and how quickly the body can fight them is what antibiotic resistance is diminishing.
Strains like MRSA which are especially dangerous are causing the huge rise in hospitalisation from infections due to resistant bacteria. Our bodies simply can’t defend against common bacteria as good as it’s meant to, and treatments aren’t working anymore.
Harsh Chemicals are Destroying our Defences
“...frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers have led to significant hand skin damage through dermatitis, especially amongst healthcare workers.” -- Dr. Suki Harding
Another issue causing resistant strains is the use of harsh chemicals on skin to combat common issues like acne, as well as the enormous uptick in use of alcohol-based sanitisers on skin. While we may be combating one issue, we are killing off beneficial skin bacteria by using these chemicals and weakening the strength and effectiveness of our skin barrier function.
The Importance Of Natural Antibiotic Skincare
“Recent findings have also confirmed the value of essential oils in the development of antimicrobial skincare products, that unlike antibiotics, do not contribute to the global health issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).” -- Dr. Suki Harding (BSc(Hons), PhD, MBA)
Nature Knows Best, and Works Best
Essential oils and their benefits for health have been known throughout history yet we’ve unfortunately moved away from them. The easy access to antibiotics and the scattershot way of treating health issues by “prescribe-and-see” habits in healthcare have pushed us away from the enormous benefits of natural holistic health applications.
Studies have shown that antibacterial essentials oils like East Cape mānuka oil are incredibly effective at killing bacteria, but bacteria strains do not become resistant to them.
Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oils Can Revolutionise Skin Health
East Cape mānuka oil, our hero ingredient, is the most powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal essential oil found in nature and is especially effective at killing off bad bacteria like Staph and the antibiotic-resistant strains like MRSA. It’s known to be effective at fighting fungal infections like athlete's foot and ringworm and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Which makes mānuka oil a phenomenal ally for our skin.
Though East Cape mānuka oil has antibacterial superpowers, it has no known allergies or side effects. A huge win-win for your skin, and the world’s most powerful essential oil that can help defeat the growing issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria!
This will help boost your skin health and its ability to fortify you against intruders to keep you healthier and your skin working like a well oiled machine.
Let’s do our part in preventing the growth of antibiotic resistance by switching to natural antibiotic skincare today! Explore the amazing mānuka oil products in our store to help jump start this journey to living better, naturally.