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How Do You Discover and Develop Your Probiotics?

Our discovery starts in our advanced biotech labs, where we have developed a platform to discover and catalog the hundreds and thousands of microorganisms in the skin microbiome. We noticed that one microorganism, a phage, seemed to be a key difference between samples from healthy skin and acne skin. Some of the latest microbiome research also points to these phages being a differentiating factor between healthy and acne skin. This led us to wonder whether the organism plays an active role in keeping skin blemish-free. You see, this phage naturally targets Cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes) with deadly efficiency, and C.
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Phyla Acne Care System Science

The Phyla System Probiotic – Quality by Design

The Phyla System has been designed with our customers in mind using minimal ingredients and keeping all of the bad stuff out! Did you know that there are over 1500 banned cosmetic ingredients in Europe but only 10 in the USA? We designed and manufactured our product with rigorous quality standards to make sure the product was safe, non-toxic, and beneficial and all of our ingredients are neither banned in the US or in Europe. Our products are 100% animal component-free which means we are 100% vegan. We also do not test any of our products on animals and never
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Phyla's acne care system is based on science

Are Phages Safe? Addressing the Safety of the Probiotic We Use

Phages are an integral part of our microbiome. They are tiny microorganisms – viruses that kill bacteria – and are nature’s best defense against bacteria. They are so numerous that over 1,000,000,000 (yep, that’s a billion!) phages pass through our body every day. Thus we are constantly in contact with multitudes of phages, which are considered completely benign. In fact, they barely interact with human cells at all! The phages that we have discovered kill only the bacteria associated with acne Cutibacterium acnes, or C. acnes. Research has shown that these phages are naturally present on healthy skin, and they
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Phyla's Phortify Probiotic Serum

How Is Phyla’s Probiotic Technology Radically Different?

We bring hard scientific results to skincare and are going where no one has gone before because Phyla started off as a biotech company. Our probiotic is actually a bacteriophage or a phage. Phages are viruses that exclusively target bacteria, and they’re extremely widespread in the environment and in our body. In fact, phages are such a common part of the microbiome that about a billion of them pass through our bodies every day! Phages have never been used for acne before, and we are proud to be the first. So are phages a probiotic? Here’s the definition again: “live
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What makes Phyla acne care different

What Makes Phyla Different from Other Acne Products

Traditional acne treatments use harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide and adapalene to treat your acne. Not only are these ingredients ineffective in the long term, causing endless cycles of relapse; but they are incredibly damaging to the skin. In fact these ingredients have also been shown to trigger inflammatory pathways associated with aging. Thus, prolonged use of these damaging ingredients causes premature aging and comes at a significant cost to healthy skin. Unfortunately, there has been no meaningful innovation in acne since retinoids were introduced in 1982, which makes it nearly 40 years of stagnation in acne care. Phyla is
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The Truth about Fungal Acne, and What to Do If You Have It

The Truth about Fungal Acne, and What to Do If You Have It

What is fungal acne? Like most people you are probably hearing a lot about this and googling “what is fungal acne?” When reading on the internet it is so confusing! So as any responsible scientist would do, I took a look at NCBI to see what has actually been studied or published on this. Here’s some knowledge that hopefully will help to simply put your mind at ease. What is fungal acne, how is it different from regular acne, and how to treat it? Normal acne is caused by p acnes that lives on all of our skin but when
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What is a probiotic?

What is a probiotic?

The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. While most of us assume this means bacteria, in fact this definition is broader than that. For example, many probiotics are not just bacteria but yeasts as well, as found in kombucha. Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast strain that is widely sold as a probiotic. This makes sense because probiotics affect the microbiome which is made up of predominantly bacteria, but also contains yeasts and viruses. Thus, if yeasts (or viruses) are found to have health benefits,
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How Our Technology Works

To understand how our technology works, and why our approach is so revolutionary, let’s see how current acne products work. It’s important to note that the active ingredients in all acne products out there have an antibacterial effect – from over-the-counter products to strong prescription medication. Benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics simply kill all the bacteria they touch – they don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. This isn’t a good option, because other than being very harsh on your skin, they cause massive disruptions in your microbiome, which can leave you susceptible to skin infections. Also these harsh measures inevitably
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What Causes Acne?

Acne is a multifactorial disease, and there are many factors that contribute to its occurrence and severity. We all know that diet, stress, genetics, and hormones can affect acne – we’ve experienced most of these in our life. But these are all secondary factors that support the primary cause of acne, which is the overgrowth of a key bacteria in the ‘oily’ microbiome – Propionibacterium acnes. Confused? Let me explain. Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, is an anaerobic bacterium that lives deep within the pores of our oily skin. We generally think of our skin as this flat thin layer,
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What is the Microbiome?

The microbiome is the community of microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, and viruses – that live on, and within, our bodies. We used to think of bacteria as gross, or mostly dirty and disgusting things that are to be eliminated and avoided. But research into the microbiome has shown that the vast majority of our microbiota (the members of our microbiome) are not only benign but crucial to our health. In fact, there is evidence that exposure to the right set of bacteria at the right time of development is essential for our immune system to develop properly so that we
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