French pharmacist Marie Drago discovered firsthand the efficacy of ‘good’ bacteria after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (which causes inflammation of the digestive tract). She had to undergo an intensive course of antibiotics, but it was only until after starting a probiotic-rich diet that she felt a dramatic change in her physical and mental health, and this led her on a journey to study microbiomes.
Known as “little life” in Greek, microbomes are the microorganisms that belong to a habitat or community. Just like the gut with its own microbiomes, the skin also has a microbial world that can be impacted by different things like stress, pollution and more. Probiotics naturally have an anti-inflammatory effect, which is in turn can soothe and protect skin.
In this exclusive interview, we speak to Drago and ask her about the benefits of bacteria and how her brand Gallinée came to be.