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The role of the microbiome in helping skin damaged by topical steroid use

Our new research highlights the potential power of the microbiome for helping people with adverse skin conditions after stopping the long-term use of topical steroids.

Written with a leading Doctor of functional medicine, the participants in our published, peer-reviewed study observed an average symptom improvement of 40%. The average symptom improvement ranged from +14% to a life changing +92%.

Each participant had used topical steroids for very long periods of time – 15 to 48 years – and had experienced a deterioration in skin condition after stopping, often referred to as topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). Before the study, most participants 

The skin microbiome was addressed by using a 100% natural product shown to significantly increase skin microbiome biodiversity. Three of seven participants implemented changes to their diet in response to fecal sample analysis.

The small sample size and lack of a control group means that more definitive conclusions should be reserved for our follow-up work.

"On average, the participants saw an improvement in 85% of their symptoms and stagnation or regression in 11% and 4%, respectively. "

Please read the full paper here, and visit our research summary page here.

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