Your Skin Bacteria Don't Change Much Over Time

Researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have found that, while human skin is home to huge numbers of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, the unique "fingerprint" of each person's skin microbiome remains remarkably unchanged over time.

In fact, the study showed that "microbial communities" on our skin can remain relatively stable for decades, despite regular contact with sources of bacteria and viruses, such as other peoples' skin and clothing and objects and surfaces at home and at work.

Senior study authors Dr. Julie Segre, of the NHGRI, and Dr. Heidi Kong, of the NCI, now plan to broaden their research to include patients with autoimmune disorders and conditions like eczema, as their first study focused on a relatively small number of healthy adults.

Sourced from: Medical News Today, Skin bacteria do not change much, despite regular washing