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Glossary of words in the new skin care world

Ordlexikon i den nya hudvårdsvärlden - Floranie Skincare

The skin care industry is now changing at a furious pace. This means that several (for the skin care industry) new words have emerged. We will now look at a number of words that are good to remember to understand the future of the skin care industry:

Probiotics - Good Bacteria that have a positive impact on your body (and skin).

Prebiotics – Food for good bacteria.

Microbe – Single-celled living organism (eg.ex. bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, etc.)

Microflora – The name for all the microbes that live in and on your body.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
– Our human body's most important signaling system found everywhere in our body. In the skin, this system regulates inflammation, sebum production, cell renewal and sweat production.

CB1 and CB2 – Two of the main receptors of the endocannabinoid system. CB1 is mainly found in the brain, while CB2 is found in large parts of the body's organs. You can say that these receptors act as key locks for the body's signals.

Endocannabinoids – Molecules that our body naturally produces to handle the signals that occur in the ECS. These can be compared to keys that fit in the key locks (CB1 and CB2). So far, two different endocannabinoids have been found – Anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

CBD – The substance that, together with THC, makes up the largest part of the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD acts as a direct imitation of Endocannabinoids and therefore fits as keys in CB1 and CB2. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychedelic effect. This means you won't get "high" from CBD.


CBG – A rarer part of the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBG is packed with antioxidants and thus protects the skin from free radicals. In addition, CBG reduces attacks from pathogens (bad bacteria, viruses and fungi). The result is skin with fewer signs of aging and a lower risk of inflammation.

Homeostasis – The condition that occurs when the body is in total balance. This is the optimal goal for the body to be completely healthy.

Microbiota – The microbiota is the collection of microorganisms – such as bacteria, fungi and viruses – that live naturally in the gastrointestinal tract.

Pathogen – Malignant microbe

Sebum – All the unique substances ( oils) that your skin creates to send out to the skin. Acts as nourishment for the skin's probiotics.

Sapienic Acid - The most active substance in your sebum. This substance's main task is to kill pathogens and benefit probiotics.

Preservation systems – Ingredients whose purpose is to keep away (kill) bacteria.

Lactobacillus - Benign family of bacteria. This is the type of bacteria that a mother's body produces and "gives" to the baby's skin during a vaginal delivery.

T-junctions (tight joints) – The bonds that increase in number when applying Probiotics and that hold our skin cells together.

Dysbiosis - Dysbiosis is another word for the imbalance that can occur between good and bad bacteria.

Ecosystem - An ecosystem is a defined area that we have chosen to consider as a system, that is, a whole, in order to be able to study it more easily. An ecosystem can be large or small depending on what you choose to study.


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