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Here’s How Hand Sanitizers Gel with Your Microbiome

While we have all been feeling some sense of loneliness and isolation, a select few might find comfort in the fact that we’re never completely alone—our skin is always host to a massive array of microorganisms, both inside and out.

Microbiome Hand Sanitizers

Newborns have very few skin bacteria, but as they grow older and are exposed to different environments, they collect more bacteria and develop their characteristic microbiome. Human skin microbiota has been described as a “microbial fingerprint” due to its unique patterns in individuals.

Touch Bacteria Hand Sanitizer Microbiome

The human microbiome has been studied extensively for many years, most notably by the Human Genome Project, funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations.

The Human Genome Project was an international scientific research project with the goal of determining the base pairs that make up human DNA, and identifying and mapping all of the genes of the human genome from both a physical and a functional standpoint. It remains the world’s largest collaborative biological project.

Healthy skin microbiota can be classified into two groups: