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MyMicrobiome is the first independent control body that rigorously tests cosmetics, single ingredients and cosmetic textiles for the impact on the skin’s microbiome
MyMicrobiome is an independent control body that rigorously tests products and single ingredients for the impact on the skin’s microbiome. We have developed a standardized test which creates clear, significant results in vitro, referring to the scientific gold standard. The tests are performed in both independent and also owned certified laboratories in Germany and give information about the influence on the key species of the skin microbiome. The product shall respect the microbial diversity and balance of the skin."
All tests are animal-free.
Numerous so-called "Microbiome-friendly/gentle" products are already flooding the cosmetics market without any control authority behind them. With our standards we bring clarity to this unregulated market. For the health-conscious consumer our certification is imparting confidence in your product. Quality seals are a very important factor for consumers in aiding the decision process which items to purchase.
We have developed the world's first standards for Microbiome-friendly products, which examine cosmetic and skin care products and test their influence on the microbiome. Once the product has passed the test, it may carry the "Microbiome-friendly" seal of approval.
Since every person has a very individual skin microbiome, which has a different microbial composition even on different skin areas (face, buttocks, arms, back, ...), it was very complicated to develop a standardized test. In the end we decided to consider the 80-90% of microbes that are most common in each skin area and to test the influence of the product on these typical key microbes of each skin area. Depending on where the product is used, we decide together with the manufacturer which skin area should be tested. For each skin area we have a separate set of microbes to test on.
In 2018 the information platform www.mymicrobiome.info was created by MyMicrobiome, and thereafter - spearheaded by Dr. Kristin Neumann – the world´s first and independent certification for microbiome friendly products was launched: the “Microbiome-friendly” seal.
Our tests are performed in vitro in the laboratory under strict control conditions using replicable and standardized methods. In vitro tests provide robust, meaningful results.
We take into account the 80-90% of microbes that are most common in each skin area and test the influence of the product on the typical key microbes of this special skin area. Depending on where the product is used, we decide together with the manufacturer which skin area should be tested.