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The Twins' Story

How we uncovered the Skin Allergy Epidemic and became Skin Microbiome Experts.

"This is the story of how we went from getting stung by jellyfish on the west coast of Scotland to talking all over the world on the Skin Microbiome. This is who we are."
Sam
1/2 of the Skin Twins

A jellyfish sting got us thinking...

Our childhood summers were normally spent in Troon, on the west coast of Scotland where we visited our Grandparents. Nearly every day was spent on the beach where we would watch the local flounders glide along the sea bed.

One day, we jumped into the water as normal and both started feeling stinging sensations all over our body. We were told that we had been stung by a Jellyfish and that the best way to get rid of the sting was to bathe the sore parts in Sea water. 

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Why does sea water heal when it is teaming with microbes?!

Seawater contains 100s of millions of Microbes in one teaspoon of water.

So why on earth is seawater so successful in healing wounds when it is obviously absolutely teaming with millions of “unpleasant” organisms? Surely you would be introducing microbes onto already damaged skin, with the potential for dangerous infections? 

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Our Grandfather the Doctor

Our Grandfather told us told us how for thousands of years the healing effects of seawater have been described by physicians such as the Father of Medicine Hippocrates, and a personal story of terribly burned airmen in the second world war. It seemed that Battle of Britain pilots who ditched in the sea suffered much less from the consequences of their burns than their unfortunate colleagues who bailed out over land.

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Is our western idea of health wrong? A Paradox

Seawater is not just safe but in fact beneficial for damaged skin, and so this curious paradox arises:

On the one hand the medical profession had been at the vanguard of convincing us that minimising exposure with any microbes was beneficial, while the evidence of seawater appeared to totally contradict this?

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Over sanitised culture & obsession with killing microbes?

Could it be that our over over-sanitized modern culture was actually now creating more health problems than it was solving? Had the so-called experts’ obsession with disinfecting our surroundings and destroying all species of bacteria and viruses meant that they had completely overlooked how complex natural systems, including the human body, worked?

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Skin Allergy Epidemic in the Western World...

Skin Problems increased 500% in the last 100 years. Why is this true, when we are wealthier and have better access to healthcare than ever before? 

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International Experts on the Skin Microbiome

We now talk all around the world about our published research into the Skin Microbiome. We found a way to measure skin health and are starting to find some causes of the Skin Allergy Epidemic.

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"We created The Skin Microbiome School because we became determined to uncover the truth behind the huge rise in skin disease and help everyone with their Skin Problems."
Kit
1/2 of the Skin Twins

Sam

I have a masters degree in Nuclear Astrophysics and this was crucial for understanding how complex ecosystems like the Skin Microbiome work.

Kit

I have a masters degree in Geophysics from UCL. I am determined to help everyone with their skin problems through the science of the Skin Microbiome!

As seen on...

TV & Media

TV and media appearances

The Skin Twins appear across the world, having recently appeared on the Dr. Nandi Show which airs in 90 millions households in the USA and 80+ countries worldwide.

Peer reviewed published papers

World leaders in Skin Microbiome Biodiversity Research: We discovered the first mechanism for testing skin health using Biodiversity of the Skin Microbiome.

Published across the world

Our research along withour aim of changing the cosmetics industry forever by exposing the lies and deceit within it has been published across the world!

International Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers on our ground breaking research on the Skin Microbiome from San Francisco to Amsterdam.

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