Research conducted by scientists from Amway and Microbiome Insights has helped identify two Corynebacteria species that could be potential targets for beauty treatments.

The research team independently carried out two epidemiology studies.

In the first study, research was conducted on 495 normal healthy men and women between nine and 78 years’ old.

Results showed that one species of Corynebacteria was found on younger participants, while the other Corynebacteria displaced the first species during middle age (40 to 49 years). The two species were not found to exist simultaneously.

“One species of Corynebacteria was found on younger participants, while the other Corynebacteria displaced the first species during middle age.”

A follow-up study was conducted on 155 healthy men and women to see if the original observations were repeated.

This second study yielded the same results. It also found that a presence of the Cornyebacterium found in the older age group was associated with redness, wrinkles, and age spots.

Amway Corporation senior principal scientist DrGreg Hillebrand said: “We are following up on this new, exciting insight into skin ageing and the microbiome.

“While much more work needs to be done, there may be an opportunity to help improve skin appearance in otherwise normal, healthy people based on skin microbiome science.”

Amway is an American marketing firm selling health, beauty, and home care products.