At Parallel, we target well-aging and balance, grounded in science and innovation.
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An imbalanced skin microbiome can cause accelerated aging and skin damage.
The skin microbiome is an ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that inhabit your skin. When your microbiome is in balance, your skin ages gracefully, exhibiting resilience, clarity, radiance. When it's not in balance, many issues that accelerate aging can unfold, including blemishes & breakouts, inflammation, redness, sensitivty, changes in texture, and discoloration.
We improve your skin balance and age by targeting bad bacteria with our customized phages.
Parallel’s Research & Phage Technology
FOR A BALANCED, HEALTHIER SKIN MICROBIOME
Phages: A Skincare Superhero
We've identified the specific strains of bad bacteria that accelerate skin aging by exacerbating skin issues like acne, eczema, rosacea, melasma, redness, discoloration, and even body odor.
After conducting the largest, most diverse study on the skin microbiome, Parallel has defined eight distinct skin microbiome types, matched with eight distinct precision phage-based serums. Each serum has unique properties that promote balance and combat aging, specific to each skin microbiome type.
Our 8 unique skin microbiome types
TYPE 1: PHOENIX,
Phoenicians generally have hydrated, supple skin, which can support slower aging.
C. acnes bacteria is consistently abundant and oily skin can be an issue, both of which can lead to consistent blemishes and breakouts.
TYPE 2: ORION,
Orion-sites generally do not struggle with overly oily skin or prolonged blemishes and breakouts.
S. aureus bacteria is generally predominant, which can be associated with dryness, redness, inflammation, and itchiness.
TYPE 3: CASSIOPEIA,
Cassiopeians can generally have balanced and resilient skin, but they must optimize with daily tune ups.
Cassiopeians can experience low-grade inflammation and occasional breakouts (sometimes hormonal), causing inflammation due to a slight excess of C. acnes. In some cases, they may need to focus on ways to improve skin aging.
TYPE 4: CEPHEUS,
Cepheans can generally have balanced and resilient skin, but they must optimize with daily tune ups.
With a slight excess of S. aureus, Cepheans can sometimes experience low-grade dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity. With increased inflammation comes accelerated aging.
TYPE 5: HERCULES,
THE STRONG ONE™
Herculeans can generally have more hydrated skin than the average, but should focus on improving skin elasticity.
Herculeans can experience low-grade inflammation, damage, and accelerated aging due to C. acnes bacterial overgrowth, environmental factors, and lifestyle habits, like a lack of sleep or poor diet.
TYPE 6: PEGASUS,
THE WINGED HORSE™
Those belonging to Pegasus generally do not struggle with breakouts and blemishes. As such, they may have clearer skin than the average.
This type must focus on improving skin barrier protection due to drier skin than average. They can also experience low-grade inflammation, damage, and accelerated aging due to a S. aureus bacterial overgrowth, environmental factors, and lifestyle habits, like a lack of sleep or poor diet.
TYPE 7: HYDRA,
THE WATER SERPENT™
Hydrans have generally healthy and balanced skin, but must utilize daily tune-ups to increase brightness and radiance.
With an occasional imbalance of C. acnes bacteria, Hydrans can struggle with sporadic blemishes and breakouts, along with dullness. They can also experience unwanted dark spots with aging.
TYPE 8: DELPHINUS,
Delphineans generally have healthy and balanced skin, but must utilize daily tune-ups to increase brightness and radiance.
With an occasional imbalance of S. aureus bacteria, Delphineans can struggle with inflammation, dryness, and deflated color. They can experience unwanted dark spots with aging.
How we determine your skin microbiome type and recommend a customised phage serum for you.
Skin Microbiome Constellation & Type
Your skin microbiome type is determined by a variety of factors, including your hydration level, skin microbial diversity, and microbial ecosystem makeup. It can alter due to lifestyle and environmental factors.
Skin Microbiome Age
Comparing your skin against a large, diverse pool in our database, your listed skin age is a reflection of a variety of factors, including your microbial diversity, hydration level, and balance of “good” vs “bad” bacteria.
Microbiome Diversity Score
Your microbiome diversity score is a measurement of the balance and variety of bacteria on your skin.
Based on your skin type, we recommend food ingredients to ingest and to avoid.
Skin Hydration Level
Your hydration levels are a reflection of the moisture and oil we detect from your oil strips. An ideal level is in the mid to upper range (7-8). Your cheek and forehead can sometimes have drastically different levels.
Top 5 Good and Bad Skin Microbes
We present information about your most abundant good and bad skin microbes.
Skincare Ingredients Recommendations
Based on your skin type, we recommend skin care ingredients to use and to avoid.
Your Phage Serum Recommendations
Based on your skin microbiome type and microbial ecosytem, we are able to recommend primary and secondary Custom Active Phage Serums that are uniquely suited to help you live in your best skin.