Putting a new focus on the scalp microbiota

Posted by Bianca McCarthy, Ph.D. on 03/05/2024

Dryness, itching and scaliness are the biggest problems faced daily by men and women with sensitive scalps. The greater interest in the care of the microbiota to promote skin health together with the skinification trend have increased focus on scalp microbiota balance as a scalp problem solver. Responding to this growing trend, one of our existing products with wide-ranging skincare benefits has been shown to not only soothe the scalp but protect its microbiota as well.

FensebiomeTM peptide is already proven to have transformational effects on the skin by reinforcing the double cutaneous barrier, promoting microbiota balance and enhancing the physical barrier. Now new tests have been undertaken showing exciting results when it is used on the scalp.

A rejuvenation for the scalp

Using a metagenomic study, Fensebiome™ peptide showed an increase in beneficial scalp microbiota that tends to decrease with age and a modulation of age-induced microbiota changes, associated with a rejuvenated and healthier scalp, such as enhanced scalp hydration and barrier protection.

Leaving the scalp less dry and itchy

The ingredient was also tested on two panels of volunteers: a group of women with sensitive scalps and a group of men with bald sensitive scalps. Both groups found that Fensebiome™ peptide soothed the scalp, leaving it feeling hydrated and with less itchiness and desquamation. Bald sensitive scalp comfort was perceived from the first application and enhanced with continuous use.  In addition, new in vitro tests showed a reduction of Kallicrein-5 and PAR-2 activation, which helps relieve inflammatory and itching skin and scalp conditions.

Many applications: one great product

Fensebiome™ peptide can now be incorporated into scalp formulations designed to reduce sensitivity, prevent dehydration and rejuvenate the scalp. It can also form part of skin care products aiming to strengthen the double cutaneous barrier, even under harsh conditions with a prebiotic and probiotic-inspired solution.

Bianca McCarthy, Ph.D.

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