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MyMicrobiome Standard 44.10 - Nasal Microbiome

The nasal microbiome fulfills important tasks for our health, such as filtering, warming and moistening the inhaled air and has the function of detecting pathogenic germs.

Textiles/fabrics should also leave this area untouched as best as possible. Therefore, we test handkerchiefs, for example, as they come into contact with the nasal mucosa and thus our microbiome.

In the medical field, we certify nasal tamponades or nasal pins that stop bleeding.

MyMicrobiome Standard 44.10

The typical key bacteria found in the nose are:

Moraxella catarrhalis

Moraxella catarrhalis

Staphylococcus epidermidis

Staphylococcus epidermidis

Propionibacterium acnes

Cutibacterium acnes

Corynebacterium striatum

Corynebacterium striatum

The test procedure for Standard 44.10 nasal microbiome

The textile product undergoes four test phases as part of the "Microbiome-friendly" certification.

1. Washing and Sterilization

All textiles are washed in our laboratory according to a standardized procedure.
Hygiene products are sterilized through UV light exposure.

2. Balance test

The balance between the commensal bacteria S. epidermidis and the harmful bacteria S. aureus should not be disturbed by the nasal textile product. A co-culture consisting of both germs is mixed with the product for a certain period of time and then the ratio of the two microbes is compared to an untreated control group. Under the influence of the textile product, this must not shift in favor of S. aureus.

3. Diversity test

In this step, we cultivate the key microbes common to the nose. For the 44.10 standard, these are Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Cutibacterium acnes, Corynebacterium striatum.

A co-culture of all germs is mixed with the product to be tested and the change in diversity is compared with the untreated control group. The diversity of the nasal microbiome must be preserved with regard to the most important key microbes.

4. Vitality test

A Microbiome-friendly textile product for the nose should not only preserve diversity, but it should also not prove detrimental to the growth of microbes. The test simulates skin contact using a model. Each key microbe is brought into direct contact with the product. The microbial growth is compared with the untreated control group, and the growth must not be significantly inhibited.

Sarah de Visser


"Textiles which aim to have a positive contribution to the skin microbiome are best to be engineered to preserve the steady-state of it."

Sarah de Visser, Textile Specialist

A selection of our customers / awards

Numerous brands from the cosmetics industry with more than 500 tested products trust our seal:

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