Today’s post is going to shake up what you think clean means completely. In my Mother Dirt Review, you’re going to learn about this innovative way to keep skin clean and healthy.
Finally, we have begun to accept the need for good bacteria in our gut. We understand that not all bacteria are bad for us and widely use probiotics to create a healthy balance. We even know that some areas shouldn’t be cleaned using soaps. Other than these cases we are still finding ourselves reaching for soap and attempting to sterilize our skin.
We have been lead to believe that a sterile environment is healthy for our skin. But what if I told you that these harsh soaps and washes are disrupting the balance on our skin. Killing off the delicate balance that should be present on a healthy person. Here we are thinking we are getting cleaner, but all we may be doing is getting rid of beneficial bacteria and possibly causing bad bacteria to proliferate more easily.
At Mother Dirt, their mission is to develop products that restore and nurture the skin biome. To do this, they developed strict criteria and processes for ingredient selection, formulation, packaging, and manufacturing. Their products are living and require temperature control and specific processes to keep their bacteria viable.
Most people are becoming aware of the negative effects of preservatives in products. They found that preservatives have a negative affect on AOB (Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria). Preservatives exist for the sole purpose of preventing bacteria and other microorganisms from growing in products. AOB just didn’t do well with preservatives, and that’s exactly why you won’t find them in any of their formulas.
How AOB Can Help You
AOB convert irritating components of our sweat (ammonia & urea) and turn them into byproducts that bring benefits to the skin (Nitrite and Nitric Oxide).
Nitrite helps keep bad bacteria in check and Nitric Oxide is an antioxidant that helps calm and soothe the skin. This action can help restore balance to the skin’s ecosystem and in turn reduce dependence on conventional products like soaps, moisturizers, and deodorants.
The presence of AOB on your skin is important not only because of what it continuously produces while on your skin, but because of the broader impact it has on the ecosystem of your skin as a whole.
In fact, AOB are so influential that they only need to be present in small amounts to have an effect on your skin’s microbial ecosystem: helping keep the bad in check and allowing the good to flourish. THEY HAVE A SENSITIVE SIDE: AOB have elaborate membranes that make them very sensitive to chemicals found in modern soaps, detergents, and preservatives. A single use of a conventional soap will very likely wipe them right out.
Wiping them out is not harmful on its own. Instead, not having a way to repopulate the good guys that we’ve lost is what causes the longer term challenges. When the peacekeepers are wiped out, it becomes easier for the bad guys to have a stronger presence. This is why the best time to apply AOBs is after showering, using conventional products, or swimming in pools, etc.
Mother Dirt Review
So now you have a little background on these innovative products, let’s get right into the Mother Dirt review!
There are 3 products currently from Mother Dirt. The most important is the AO+ Mist. You can spray it everywhere. Make sure you get it on your scalp, face, underarms, hands, groin, and feet. You want to put it places you get sweaty. Even if you can’t tell you are constantly sweating.
To compliment the AO+ Mist you have a Shampoo and a Cleanser. Neither the Shampoo or Cleanser have the AOB, but they are formulated to not harm the beneficial bacteria of the microbiome, specifically the AOB in the AO+ Mist.
Mother Dirt AO+ Mist
The AO+ Mist is easy to use. Shake and spray. I couldn’t smell anything, but after a few minutes I also couldn’t smell anything from my underarms! I didn’t really think that would happen. As someone who doesn’t use antiperspirant and hates chemical smells and deodorants, this is amazing. Based on the science it makes total sense, just had to try it to believe it.
To be perfectly clear, this didn’t mean I never smelled anything the entire time. If I worked out I washed with the MD cleanser and sprayed again. Every morning, after my workout, after a shower, and right before bed I used the MD cleanser and the AO+ Mist on my underarms.
Mother Dirt Shampoo
The consistency is very light and watery. But with a few pumps it does the job. Since my hair is curly I still used conditioner on the lower half of my hair and ends. During trying it out I did get a Keratin hair treatment and had to use something stronger to wash after. Since the treatment can leave a lot of icky residue. But after two washes with Head and Shoulders, I was able to go back to the Mother Dirt Shampoo with no problem.
Mother Dirt Cleanser
A light bubbly goodness. This is a very light cleanser, but my skin is dry and sensitive. I can’t tolerate anything heavy or stripping. This was perfect. I used it on my face, body, everywhere. I only used moisturizer a little after shaving my legs to avoid the itchiness. Now a full month later my skin feels fine. It did take a while with some dryness until my skin got used to not having tons of product on it.
My skin was used to harsh stripping cleansers and drying out, so it was a slow process to get used to not having to prepare for anything stripping. I used the testing time to stop most of the other skincare products, and solely focus just on the Mother Dirt products.
My Mother Dirt Experience
Having suffered with sensitive dehydrated skin and acne my adult life, these products forced me to think about everything, differently. I noticed I had a lot of acne but it was tiny bumps and flaky. After stopping all products and just using the Mother Dirt products, I did continue to break out. After about two weeks it became less. I took it upon myself to experiment and add a little yeast infection cream on the dry patches, this totally stopped the breakouts. I’m continuing to use that along with the Mother Dirt products, because so far so good. I may just have needed to balance the yeast and bacteria on my skin.
A NOTE: I’m not claiming that this is something you should do. I was fine with just the Mother Dirt products, but I wanted to be honest and mention I used the anti-fungal cream on rough patches on my face. Just on the dry flaky areas, really. It may sound weird but I live in hot and humid Miami and tend to get heat rashes. So I experimented and hey, so far so good. I’m also not claiming that this is what got rid of my breakouts. But did I use only these things and MY breakouts stop…yes. Mother Dirt products are not about clearing breakouts. They are about not removing beneficial bacteria and stripping your skin.
Anyhow, my guess is all the stripping from the terribly harsh products I’ve been put on ruined the balance rather than helped my skin. Stopping them all together must have also been very helpful. If you have to take probiotics to replace good bacteria after taking antibiotics, imagine what I needed after years of using harsh antibiotic creams and cleansers. Right now I have no new break outs (miracle!!!!) and I haven’t taken any antibiotics to get here. My older scars are finally having a chance to heal rather than just get replaced. I have been exfoliating with microdermabrasion every other week. I have my own machine since I’m a facialist, but I highly recommend microdermabrasion. If you want to do something similar in your own home you can try this, this, or this.
My husband, a Chinese Medical Doctor, told me about a doctor in China that would put his hands under his armpits after he washed his hands (after, not before surgeries). This was to help repopulate the bacteria on the skin of his hands. It’s no wonder health care workers have so many cases of skin disorders. My mother had perfect skin all her life and became a nurse in her 40s. Suddenly developing strange skin rashes and dry skin. This is common among many of the nurses and doctors. Common knowledge makes you want to disinfect and wash off everything. If you see a skin flare up you try to burn it off, scrub it off, peel it off, etc. This is a completely new way to look at clean and I think there is going to be a lot of push back before it will be accepted. I’m hoping this trend continues and I’m excited to see a company that is actually making those strides.
Now before any negative nancy’s bring up how humans have lowered spread of diseases and viruses once hand washing became more common, yes I agree with that. But now that we know we NEED some bacteria on our skin to be healthy, we need to find a way to wash and repopulate. We’ll need to have access to beneficial bacteria to do so.
I will defiantly keep using these products. It’s a worthwhile expense for me based on my personal results. It’s changed a lot of how I do things. My showers are no longer hot, but just a little bit warmer than room temperature. I’m not longer using 80% of the products I once had cluttering my bathroom countertop and cabinet. Things are simpler and I love it. Plus the cool mist spray is refreshing. I keep mine in the fridge.
Stop the inhumane slaughter of beneficial bacteria! Give Mother Dirt a try and do give it a full month for your body to adjust as mine needed. Make sure your bacteria is working for you.
The bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, but because they are much smaller than human cells, they account for only about 1 to 2 percent of our body mass—though they do make up about half of our body’s waste.
Still not convinced? I highly recommend this video if nothing else it will get you thinking about bacteria in a whole new way.
[disclaim]This review is based SOLEY on my personal experience. My opinions are not affiliated with Mother Dirt. This is my honest breakdown of using the product on myself. Products are not intended to treat any skin condition.[/disclaim]