Laboratoires Expanscience explains how its red kapok flower extract ingredient is suitable for intimate care via a clinical study that demonstrated its protective effect on vaginal flora and on comfort
The skin is colonized by billions of bacteria that participate in the regulation of immunity and barrier functions, preserving the microbiota homeostasis are essential to maintain a healthy skin and mucosa.
The vaginal microbiota is composed of 90% lactic acid bacteria (lactobacilli) that colonize the vagina at puberty. This microbiota is critical to maintaining vaginal health. About 250 bacterial species have been identified in the human vagina. In healthy women of reproductive age, the vaginal microbiota is generally dominated by the genus Lactobacillus, with a prevalence of L. crispatus (59%), L. gasseri (16%), L. iners (22%), and L. jensenii (3%) species.1-5 However, in most cases, only one species of lactobacilli is present.
These lactobacilli have very specific functions. They stimulate the local immune system and form biofilms that create real protective shields. They transform glycogen secreted by the genital mucosa cells into lactic acid, thus creating an acidic environment necessary to maintain the vaginal pH between 3.5 and 4.5.
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