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Most Frequently Asked Questions answered by The JooMo Twins

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Yes. Increasing biodiversity kills off pathogenic levels of microbes on the skin (bacteria, fungi etc). Biodiversity is THE BEST way of killing infections

Killing off pathogenic levels of bacteria means that the skin microbiome becomes healthy again, and often bacteria that were harmful become beneficial.

No! You should definitely continue using JooMo. The dryness you are experiencing is normal, a positive sign that your skin is changing and rebalancing for long term health.

Moisturising has two effects on the skin microbiome. Firstly most moisturisers can contain a sea of chemicals that can damage the skin microbiome. Secondly, your skin in its most healthy state creates natural oils. Adding new oils to this disrupts the skin’s normal system, meaning the microbiome is damaged. 

A healthy skin microbiome will allow the skin to regulate its own oils/moisture. Modern cosmetics containing harsh synthetic chemicals strip the skin of its healthy oils, which is why ‘moisturising’ was invented. Our ancestors didn’t carry little bottles of oil around with them to moisturise, and they had far healthier skin than us. Artificially replacing these oils means the skin becomes used to this, and loses its own ability to regulate its moisture, meaning you need to allow the skin to regain that ability.

This depends on the person. JooMo has been proven to significantly improve skin microbiome diversity in just two weeks, but as your microbiome has been abused and damaged so badly, it may take longer. For example one customer who had been on steroids for 50 years, has seen 80% improvement in 2 weeks!

The only reason we started JooMo is to help heal our mother who was prescribed steroids which destroyed her skin. We had to take her healing into our own hands and so we invented the world’s first 100% Natural Face Wash. We realised there were so many people just like our mother that needed our help. We have researched the Skin Microbiome for the last 10 years so that we can help everyone who has been let down by the medical profession.

Using other products while JooMo is being used can affect the progress. Everyday cosmetics, even “natural” labelled ones contain a sea of chemicals that can damage the skin microbiome. JooMo works to rebuild the skin microbiome long term so it can take care of itself.

Antibiotics destroy the microbiome inside and out and so should only be used if your problem is severely threatening to you. If your problem isn’t severely threatening, your microbiome will just get worse the more you use them, leading to more problems.

No. Antibiotics will only make it more likely that you will get an infection in the future, because it kills all microbes and lowers the biodiversity of the microbiome, damaging it even more. The root cause of the infection was a damaged and out of balance microbiome. The solution is to strengthen it by increasing its biodiversity. A healthy microbiome, high in biodiversity, can defend itself from infections and disease. Antibiotics strip the microbiome of the microbes it needs to be healthy. 

No. Your skin microbiome has been horrifically abused and damaged for a long while. Leaving it alone will be better than using drugs or other modern cosmetics containing harsh synthetic chemicals, however, your skin microbiome needs something which will strengthen it up to healthy levels, so it can defend itself from infections and disease and start to heal itself. This is incredibly hard to do alone. We work with many TSW patients who tried just ‘leaving it alone’ and they found that their skin would still flare for no apparent reason.

All skin diseases/problems stem from the same thing: a damaged microbiome, low in microbial biodiversity (low number of different types of bacteria present). When this microbiome is out of balance, in ‘dysbiosis’, microbes that were previously ‘good’ can become ‘bad’ and start causing problems (including staph/fungal infections), colonising and ‘infecting’ the skin. So killing off these microbes (what Gladskin does) doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem, which is the biodiversity of the whole microbiome has been lowered. The infection may be cured for now, but the microbiome will still be out of balance and open to future infections. This is why so many TSW people get secondary infections after taking antibiotics for previous infections etc. A healthy microbiome, high in biodiversity, can defend itself against these infections, not letting colonisation of microbes occur. They are incredibly powerful systems. JooMo has been scientifically proven in published research to significantly increase the skin microbiome biodiversity in just 2 weeks.

The reason we started JooMo was to solve this problem. Our mother (ref. Linda’s Story) was prescribed steroids long term and her skin was destroyed by them. We had to take her healing into our own hands and so created the world’s first 100% natural face wash and her skin has been clear since. We’ve researched the skin microbiome for the last 10 years and JooMo has been proven to rebuild your Skin Microbiome. Read Sheila’s story here!

No! You should definitely continue using JooMo. The dryness you are experiencing is normal, a positive sign that your skin is changing and rebalancing for long term health.

No, you have been using topical steroids for a long, long time which have destroyed the Skin Microbiome. JooMo is proven to rebuild your skin microbiome for the long term and so your recovery plan is so important to be committed to!

This depends on the person. JooMo has been proven to significantly improve skin microbiome diversity in just two weeks, but as your microbiome has been abused and damaged so badly, it may take longer. For example one customer who had been on steroids for 50 years, has seen 80% improvement in 2 weeks!

No. This is the worst thing you can do – steroids give the illusion they are helping your problems, but underneath they are destroying the microbiome, leaving it open to even more infection and disease.

The only reason we started JooMo is to help heal our mother who was prescribed steroids which destroyed her skin. We had to take her healing into our own hands and so we invented the world’s first 100% Natural Face Wash. We realised there were so many people just like our mother that needed our help. We have researched the Skin Microbiome for the last 10 years so that we can help everyone who has been let down by the medical profession.

Using other products while JooMo is being used can affect the progress. Everyday cosmetics, even “natural” labelled ones contain a sea of chemicals that can damage the skin microbiome. JooMo works to rebuild the skin microbiome long term so it can take care of itself.

Antibiotics destroy the microbiome inside and out and so should only be used if your problem is severely threatening to you. If your problem isn’t severely threatening, your microbiome will just get worse the more you use them, leading to more problems.

Don’t accept the Topical Steroids, your Doctor is wrong. If you haven’t used them before, and even more so if you have. They totally destroy the microbiome, leading to years and years of misery for many people who are wrongly given them to use long-term by Doctors.

Using other products while JooMo is being used can affect the process of rebuilding your skin microbiome. Everyday cosmetics, even “natural” labelled ones contain a sea of chemicals that can damage the skin microbiome. JooMo works to rebuild the skin microbiome long term so it can take care of itself.

Moisturising has two effects on the skin microbiome. Firstly most moisturisers can contain a sea of chemicals that can damage the skin microbiome. Secondly, your skin in its most healthy state creates natural oils. Adding new oils to this disrupts the skin’s normal system, meaning the microbiome is damaged. 

No. Antibiotics will only make it more likely that you will get an infection in the future, because it kills all microbes and lowers the biodiversity of the microbiome, damaging it even more. The root cause of the infection was a damaged and out of balance microbiome. The solution is to strengthen it by increasing its biodiversity. A healthy microbiome, high in biodiversity, can defend itself from infections and disease. Antibiotics strip the microbiome of the microbes it needs to be healthy. 

No. Your skin microbiome has been horrifically abused and damaged for a long while. Leaving it alone will be better than using drugs or other modern cosmetics containing harsh synthetic chemicals, however, your skin microbiome needs something which will strengthen it up to healthy levels, so it can defend itself from infections and disease and start to heal itself. This is incredibly hard to do alone. We work with many TSW patients who tried just ‘leaving it alone’ and they found that their skin would still flare for no apparent reason.

All skin diseases/problems stem from the same thing: a damaged microbiome, low in microbial biodiversity (low number of different types of bacteria present). When this microbiome is out of balance, in ‘dysbiosis’, microbes that were previously ‘good’ can become ‘bad’ and start causing problems (including staph/fungal infections), colonising and ‘infecting’ the skin. So killing off these microbes (what Gladskin does) doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem, which is the biodiversity of the whole microbiome has been lowered. The infection may be cured for now, but the microbiome will still be out of balance and open to future infections. This is why so many TSW people get secondary infections after taking antibiotics for previous infections etc. A healthy microbiome, high in biodiversity, can defend itself against these infections, not letting colonisation of microbes occur. They are incredibly powerful systems. JooMo has been scientifically proven in published research to significantly increase the skin microbiome biodiversity in just 2 weeks.

ALL JooMo products have of course passed all the rigorous stability tests, challenge tests and safety assessment regulations set out by the EU: if they hadn’t passed these tests then we couldn’t sell our products! JooMo products have an official shelf life of a year, only reduced because the safety assessor couldn’t bring themselves to give a preservative free product the longer shelf life that the stability and challenge test results really warranted!

Our preservative system is ‘preservative free’ because it does not contain a preservative mentioned under the EU’s list of official preservatives, including MI, parabens etc. I refer you back to 1905 when Henry J. Heinz invented the first preservative-free ketchup with the slogan “It is always safe to buy the products”.

Consumers, appalled by the amount of preservatives and other additives in competitor products quickly jumped to buying Heinz ketchup, and by 1906 Heinz was producing five million bottles every year.

And that’s the key point here: consumers have for over 100 years understood what is meant by ‘Preservative Free’.

As discussed elsewhere, our immune system is not familiar with synthetically created molecules, and so is more likely to trigger an immune response.

As also discussed elsewhere, there is also the issue of the disruptive effect these chemicals have on our skin’s microbial diversity.

To add one more example of a commonly used emulsifier (Polysorbate-8), it has been shown to disrupt gut microbiota and lead to obesity and gut disease. (ref. https://www.nature.com/news/food-preservatives-linked-to-obesity-and-gut-disease-1.16984 ).

And the question for the Cosmetics industry has to be why food consumers demand additive free products, but cosmetic customers shouldn’t?

Part of the problem is that many consumers think that they are already using chemical free products due to the failure of the authorities to make demand honest labelling of so-called ‘natural’ products.All the various government departments need to do is bring in the same standards as the food industry for usage of the terms ‘Pure’ and ‘Natural’, and all consumers would stop being misled.

No – all Soaps are harsh synthetic chemicals: there is no such thing as ‘Natural’ soap. Please read our page at: https://joomo.coop/whats-wrong-with-existing-products/skin-ph/

The specially balanced natural and preservative free ingredients enables the body/skin to revert to its natural state through pH balancing, oil & moisture regulation, electrolyte (salt) balancing, immune system regulation and skin cell regeneration.

Synergistically, our ingredients work together as natural pH modifiers, antioxidants, softeners & emollients to create the perfect conditions for a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem to flourish.

This produces the correct environment for natural healing mechanisms: the skin curing problems gradually by itself.

JooMo Body Wash is an enhanced version based around our original Preservative Free, Skin Bacteria Technology. So the ingredients are exactly the same, but some of the proportions have been slightly altered to fulfil the specific requirements of a body wash, as the skin’s ecosystem has slightly different needs on the body than the face. JooMo restores the damage done by harmful synthetic ingredients in everyday cosmetics, and re-stores the natural skin microbial balance.

We personally use JooMo as a Shampoo, and it is BRILLIANT for that purpose. We know a lot of people who do this too, not only those at TeamJooMo! But as formulating for shampoo products has slightly different challenges, we will be bringing out a shampoo in 2019. It still increases and restores the scalp’s natural microbiome biodiversity, and I have had many people say they accidentally used it as a shampoo, and it rid them of dandruff and other problems. So maybe give it a go and let us know how it works for you?

I suspect from the question that there is some confusion about the difference between the terms ‘soap’ and ‘surfactant’?

Chemically, soaps (and detergent) are ‘a salt of a fatty acid’, commonly being obtained by treating vegetable or animal oils and fats with a strong base, such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide: this process induces ‘saponification’.

‘Surfactants’ are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid, and can of course include not only synthetic chemicals such as soap, detergents, SLS, SLES etc, but also naturally occurring molecules such as saponins.

One of the more accesible discussions that reviews only high-quality peer-reviewed studies can be found here: http://www.allergyclinic.co.nz/allergy_epidemic.aspx 

It initially takes a sceptical line on claims of an ‘Allergy Epidemic’, but concludes that:

“…allergies, including, asthma, eczema, hay fever, food allergy, and anaphylaxis have increased in New Zealand and other developed countries by epidemic proportions over the last 25 years.”

It discusses a definitive UK study (from BUPA routine examinations) that looked at patients from the same socio-economic group over 30 years describing the change in ‘sensitization’ (ie. immune system allergic response), and concludes:

“The average rate of increase was equivalent to an additional 4.5% of men becoming positive (IgE sensitized) each decade.”

A bit like the years of industry denials about the link between the tobacco and lung disease, the evidence for an allergy epidemic is now so strong as to be virtually unequivocal – the challenge for the cosmetics industry is perhaps summed up by one of the most significant concluding comments:

“We also need to reverse the increasing allergic sensitization in developed countries. However, we can only do this when we have figured out the cause(s) for this increase”

The ‘perfect/caveman’ skin data was taken from two leading research papers that analysed the skin microbiome (specifically the biodiversity of microbes) of tribal people with little or no contact with the western world. The most striking data came from the previously uncontacted Yanomami Amerindian people from the Amazon rain forest.

These papers – and all other data – are referenced in Kit Wallen Russell’s groundbreaking peer-reviewed research paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics4020014

Firstly, as we stated during our presentation, a key part of the multi-phase skin biodiversity project currently JooMo are undertaking in Austria is to prove the role of chemical ’additives’ (including preservatives) in cosmetics.

As far as current understanding of the role of preservatives and ill-health goes, the following is a very brief introduction to this many layered topic:

(nb. This is an overview only, and full list of citations can be supplied on request from www.joomo.coop/contact-us/ ).

The idea that bacteria are bad and need to be eliminated, (ie. what’s known as the ‘hyper cleanliness’ culture) has been perpetuated by the large multinational cosmetics companies. Their products often contain large amounts of synthetic ingredients, thus contributing to the sterile environment, which strip the skin of natural bacteria and oils which it needs to stay a healthy ecosystem.

So the important part here is WHY we are obsessed with living in such a sterile way. And the answer is because we have been fed this information by the companies who sell us cosmetic and hygiene products. This trend is declining rapidly for what we put INSIDE our bodies, with the release of bestseller books such as ‘Let Them Eat Dirt’, but the same now must be done for the skin.

Our published research paper describes how the majority of bacteria on the skin is good or harmless, and their preservation is crucial for the health and resilience of the skin’s ecosystem. Biodiversity is the single most important factor in keeping the skin healthy. By sterilising the skin, the biodiversity decreases, meaning bacteria that were once harmless can become pathogenic once this delicate balance is disturbed. It is this effect synthetic ingredients have on the skin.

Studies have also shown that non-biodiverse environments in which we live affect the human skin microbiome, decreasing its biodiversity too. So as we live less in nature, and spend more time in sterilised environments, the microbes which we harbour on our skin and in our bodies will become less diverse, leading to (skin) health problems. However, many people apply cosmetics directly onto their body multiple times a day, which is why many people have linked modern cosmetics to the skin allergy epidemic.

The scientific paper which Kit Wallen Russell was lead author was of course peer-reviewed and published in MDPI Journal, Cosmetics, on the 14th of May 2017.

Read all details (including peer comments) at: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/4/2/14/htm

All research is funded by Pavane Consultants Ltd, the R&D and IP sister company of JooMo Ltd.

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