Have you heard of probiotics in cosmetics? How about a bacterial mist? A young company called Mother Dirt, with research partner AOBiome, sells a mist containing their now patented strain of Nitrosomonas bacteria (Nitrosomonas D23), an ammonia-oxidizer. The species was cultured from the skin of one of the heads (or arm? leg?) of the company. Here’s how they say it works on their website, which you can check out here.
“The Nitrosomonas in the AO+ Mist work by consuming the irritating compounds produced by your skin (like ammonia and urea in sweat), and in turn producing beneficial byproducts. Specifically, Nitrosomonas produce Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. Nitrite tames the bad bacteria and promotes the good bacteria on the skin. Nitric Oxide is a key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These two byproducts together do a great deal to help promote healthy skin overall.”
There are more products popping up with similar health benefit claims. For example, Probiotic Action is another company whose products, aimed at acne prevention, contain the very specific “Bacillus spp” as the main ingredient… you can check out more about that here.