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MyMicrobiome Standard 39.20 – Scalp microbiome

Current studies show that an intact scalp microbiome and a balanced microbial upkeep are essential for scalp health. Textiles worn on the head should therefore be carefully selected.

We test fabrics/textiles that have an influence on our scalp microbiome, such as caps or head scarves.

MyMicrobiome Standard 39.10

There are five key microbes found in a healthy and balanced scalp microbiome:

Malassezia furfur

Malassezia furfur

Malassezia furfur

Malassezia globosa

Malassezia furfur

Cutibacterium acnes

Malassezia furfur

Staphylococcus epidermidis

Malassezia furfur

Staphylococcus capitis

The certification procedure for Standard 39.20 –
Scalp Microbiome

The textile product goes through four test runs as part of the
"Microbiome-friendly" certification:

1. Quality test

The quality test ensures that the textile products are sterile, and our microbiological tests can be carried out with the skin microorganisms. Therefore, textiles are first washed according to the manufacturers' instructions beforehand. A screening examines the occurrence of mesophilic and aerobic microorganisms. For decontamination, the products are UV-irradiated or autoclaved. Hygiene products are sterilized through UV light exposure.

2. Balance test

The balance between S. epidermidis (the most common skin bacterium) and the harmful effects of the S. aureus bacterium should not be disturbed by the product. A co-culture with both bacteria is mixed with the product for a certain duration and then the ratio of the two microbes is compared with the untreated control group. Under the influence of the textile product, the balance must not tip in favor of S. aureus.

3. Diversity test

Microbes typical for the face and body are cultivated for the different skin areas. A co-culture of specific microbes for one skin area is added to the textile to be tested and the change in diversity is compared with the untreated control group. The diversity of the skin microbiome must be maintained with respect to the most important key microbes.

4. Vitality test

A microbiome-friendly textile product for face and body should also not undesirably influence the vitality of the individual microbes of a skin area. This test simulates direct skin contact of the microbes - considered individually. The growth of the microorganisms is compared with an untreated control group. The growth of the microbes must neither be reduced nor stimulated.

Dr. Lisa Bäumer - Laboratory management


"Each of us wears clothes on his body almost 24 hours a day. At work, during sports and even at night. But is that always healthy? Products certified with our textile seal protect the skin microbiome and alleviate the risk of imbalances and resulting skin diseases."

Dr. habil. Lisa Bäumer, Laboratory management

A selection of our customers / awards

Numerous brands in the cosmetics industry, with over 600 tested products, place their trust in our seal:

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