Skin microbiome analysis

We are only just recognizing the true potential of the ecosystem of microorganisms that inhabit our skin. Our microbiome is unique and personal to us. Understanding more about the microbiome, and particularly the skin microbiome and all its niches, is essential to furthering our knowledge and appreciation of how it affects our skin health and appearance.

Awareness of the importance of the skin microbiome is growing in both the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and their customers. Consumers want products that do not harm the skin’s healthy microbial balance, both for fully formulated products and their individual components. The addition of prebiotics, probiotics, bio-active components and preservatives to a formulation can help to maintain the microbiome’s natural balance, and specifically promote beneficial microbes. In vitro research and clinical trials that include skin microbiome profiling and metagenomic analysis are necessary to show efficacy in microbiome-friendly products.

How does your product interact with the microbiome?

We at BaseClear believe that skin microbiome research will help people attain a healthy skin with a balanced microbiome. Using our genomics and microbiome-application expertise, BaseClear can help you analyse the skin microbiome to measure differences between treatments and determine how the product interacts with the microbiome. We can support you in all requirements needed to demonstrate the efficacy of a personal care product in the context of the microbiome, or to put claims such as “microbiome friendly” on a product.

Our expertise encompasses:

  • One-stop shop for recruitment, testing and analysing the effects of a product on skin health and the skin microbiome
  • Comprehensive set of microbial genomics based analysis services, including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics with low-biomass samples like skin swabs, strip tapes and biopsies
  • Skin-specific microbial gene and genome catalogues to minimalize number of unclassified reads
  • Tracking presence and abundance of specific strains or groups of organisms within the microbiome
  • In vitro testing of ingredients with microbial mock communities
  • Advanced biostatistics, including multivariate analysis such as Principal component analysis (PCA) and Redundancy Analysis (RDA)
  • Extensive report including interpretation of the results by our team of experts on the links between the skin microbiome and the product of use

With our microbiome analysis, genomics and  related approaches we have solutions ready to help you study the efficacy and safety of cosmetic and dermatological products. BaseClear has been at the forefront of microbial genomics since 1993, and works with many leading brand in the industry.

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Trends in human skin microbiome research

Research into the human skin microbiome is a fascinating field of research. How will multi-omics approaches change the way we develop new cosmetic products? BaseClear’s Dr Radhika Bongoni, Head of Business Development, held an interview with Dr Riccardo Sfriso, R&D Scientist Personal Care at DSM Nutritional Products, about current directions in human skin research.

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Experts meetings on skin microbiome analysis

BaseClear has years of expertise in microbiome analysis, including skin microflora analysis. We routinely organise expert meetings wherein scientists and researchers meet, share and discuss microbiome projects. Topics discussed include discovery, technical challenges, clinical trials, marketing, commercialisation and regulations on microbiome-based products.

Our experts meetings

Meet Radhika Bongoni!

With her passion for health and wellbeing, Radhika enjoys contributing to sustainability, and to the development of products that will benefit the end user and improve their quality of living. To this end, Radhika heads the commercial activities at BaseClear. “My diverse industry experience helps me envisage out-of-the-box solutions for our customers and to enter to new markets as a company” says Radhika. “It’s crucial that I can identify our customer needs and market trends to steer product development at BaseClear.”

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