Botanicals for your skin microbiome? Yes, please.

In the last few years, botanicals in skincare have been all the rage. I totally get it. They smell heavenly, or they can anyway. I, myself, was obsessed with one luxe product in particular, boasting 60+ botanicals in one 1mL bottle.

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What kind of acne do you really have?

We’ve all heard the term “acne,” but it turns out that we don’t always experience it in the same way. Many of us have struggled with breakouts in high school and college, usually dubbed “teenage acne.”

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Inflammation ages you. Here’s what to do.

Just when you thought you’d conquered every possible skin issue, along comes a new foe: inflammaging. Though the term is a relatively recent, science-based concept in skincare...

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Anti-Aging Must: Skin Hydration 101

Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies by surface area, yet we often tend to take it for granted on a day-to-day basis. But what it does for us is pretty magical. It keeps our body from drying out...

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Skin pH: Level Down, Not Up

The human body is beautiful. And a foundational part of that beauty is your skin. We are able to interact with the world with our skin; others can see it and touch it; and we can feel it.

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Microbes: Citizens of Your Skin

At Parallel, our work revolves around the skin microbiome—a melting pot of microbes, if you will—that are occupying the pores on your face as you’re reading this piece...

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The Sine Wave of Poker (and Skincare)

Being able to count the number of times I have played poker on one hand, I am most definitely qualified to start this piece off with an anecdote about Texas Hold’em (I promise this will make sense soon!).

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Team Highlight | Thomas: Why Parallel is Special

Hey everyone! I’m Thomas, and I’m the newest member of the Parallel Health team. Just like Aavi, I’ve probably handled your skin swabs if you’ve participated in our IRB-approved study!

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How Your Environment Affects Your Skin Microbiome

Your skin is your largest organ by surface area and, as a barrier against the environment, it constantly encounters environmental microbes. There is an ecosystem of bacteria called the skin microbiome...

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Team Highlight | Aavi: Why I joined Parallel

Hi! I’m Aavi, and I’m one of the newest members of the Parallel Health team. If you’re a participant in Parallel’s current IRB-approved study, I’m likely one of the people prepping your samples to be sequenced. :) 

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Phages, your skincare superhero

The microbial world lives in parallel with us everywhere we go, and beyond. You can find microbes throughout the water cycle: from aquifers to oceans and lakes to clouds to drinking water.

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Your skin microbiome

You and your special combination of traits is like a snapshot of a swirling human kaleidoscope; we’re each a variation on a theme. Over time, we learn more about ourselves and our own intricate, colorful snapshot.

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Announcing: Partnership with Illumina

Launching a company is hard. Certainly a few factors like cutting-edge technology, a special insight, funding, and a brilliant team can help. But, at the end of the day, I’ve experienced that it’s not easy...

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