NIH researchers find thousands of new microorganisms living on human skin

January 2, 2022 0 Comments

Researchers have now identified and catalogued more species that reside on the human skin than has ever been possible, largely due to advances in bioinformatics and laboratory techniques. Some of these previously unknown species are the most abundant on human skin. The results appear in a new catalog, the Skin Microbial Genome Collection (SMGC), published today in Nature Microbiology.

Investigators at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), European Bioinformatics Institute and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases participated in the collaborative study.

According to researchers, the new catalog is remarkable in its breadth, bringing to light an incredibly complex map of species that make up the skin microbiome. It also opens the door for scientists to figure out the root causes of various skin diseases. 

“The organisms that make up the skin microbiome have an enormous impact on our health, and changes in the

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Skin Barrier — the unsung hero of skin health: How to repair it and optimize its strength

December 31, 2021 0 Comments

Winter is upon us and it’s time to pay particular attention to our skin, specifically the outermost layer called the stratum corneum, aka the skin barrier.  This thin brick-like cover consists of resilient skin cells called corneocytes that are tightly bound together by mortar-like lipids comprised of cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides.  Crucially, the skin barrier not only protects us from external threats like environmental toxins and pathogens, but it also prevents dehydration.

A healthy vs unhealthy skin barrier.

“Defects of the skin barrier can lead to diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, asthma, and allergies,” warns Miami dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann.  Moreover, “when skin barrier defects cause inflammation, the risk of inflammatory diseases such as diabetes and heart disease increases.”  In other words, a robust skin barrier is vital to healthy skin and to good health in general.

Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Leslie
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Can nutrition and diet improve skin conditions?

December 29, 2021 0 Comments

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A review examines the role of nutrition in skin disorders. Oleksii Syrotkin/Stocksy
  • Many dermatologists and nutritionists are interested in understanding the connection between diet, nutrition, and dermatological health.
  • A review that includes 150 studies has found that few rigorous randomized controlled trials have looked at these potential links.
  • The authors conclude that despite the varying levels of association, diet and nutrition, with limited exceptions, do not modify dermatological conditions.

There is substantial interest in the relationship between diet, nutrition, and dermatological conditions. New research assesses the existing research literature.

The review reports that much of the evidence supporting such relationships is based merely on associations or laboratory studies rather than on randomized controlled trials, which are the gold standard for medical research.

The study is the work of lead author Dr. Kabir Sardana and senior investigator Dr. Soumya Sachdeva, both of whom are affiliated with Atal

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How to Get Rid of Hangnails – Cleveland Clinic

December 25, 2021 0 Comments

Cold weather brings about a lot of changes in how healthy we feel. From seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to the flu, it seems like the season can wreak havoc on our bodies.

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A small, yet annoying, sign that winter is here are hangnails. Those ragged little pieces of skin you find around your nails can be annoying and become irritated if not taken care of properly.

Family medicine specialist Neha Vyas, MD, talks about how to remove a hangnail, what not to do and how to prevent hangnails in the first place.

What is a hangnail?

Even though it’s called a hangnail, that little piece of skin isn’t part of the nail. Instead, it’s a torn piece of skin that hangs loose next

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Why the beauty industry needs to focus on underlying skin health rather than just cosmetic symptoms

December 23, 2021 0 Comments

Skincare has become a buzzword, with beauty routines as prevalent as they are varied. The fact is that the skin is the body’s largest protective organ—and we should be caring for it accordingly. Skincare regimens are often undertaken to address cosmetic concerns like wrinkles and dark spots, with many brands playing directly to those symptoms. But the skincare industry is largely focused on—and marketing to—cosmetic results, rather than the loss of skin health which is responsible for them. The truth is that we can’t achieve lasting cosmetic outcomes without first addressing the skin’s health. Treating for symptoms alone, like dryness, leaves underlying causes unaddressed.

As an industry, skincare professionals and brands need to shift their focus to caring for skin health with ingredients that treat the cause—those that will result in better cosmetic outcomes while also restoring and preserving healthy skin. Here’s how we can do it.

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The Benefits Of Saffron For Skin

December 21, 2021 0 Comments

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Saffron. Maybe you’ve encountered the spice in a flavorful recipe you’ve made before or know it from the characteristic golden hue it gives different foods. But were you aware that saffron, derived from the dried stamens from the Crocus sativus flower, can actually be beneficial as a topical on your skin — and in more ways than one at that? “As a skincare ingredient, its benefits are its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” says Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. “Saffron is rich in carotenoids that may play a part in damage repair, helping the skin recover from daily oxidative stress. Saffron may also be able to increase cell turnover and help wounds heal faster.”

Saffron has benefits for your hair, skin, and acne.

According to Shivangi Tripathi, owner of Mata Ayurveda, a holistic haircare and beauty brand, saffron’s been used

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Skin in the game: Two common skin problems and solutions for men

December 19, 2021 0 Comments

When I was on the junior varsity basketball team in high school, I wasn’t surprised when I developed a case of itchy, flaky athlete’s foot. After all, I was an “athlete,” so I assumed it was a sign of dedication and hard work.

I was shocked when my mother told me the truth: it was due to poor foot hygiene, not my dribbling skills.

Fast-forward almost four decades, and I’m much more diligent about skin care. Still, some skin issues plague me at times, like they do many men. Here is a look at two common problems and solutions.

Dry skin

Symptoms of dry skin include scaly patches (with or without redness), itching, and overall dryness. You can get dry skin year-round — from the heavy heat of summer to the bitter cold of winter. Sun exposure damages skin, leaving it thinner and less likely to hold in moisture over

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Hello Rory for Sexual Health, Skin, and More

December 17, 2021 0 Comments

When it’s not possible or convenient to visit a healthcare professional in person, an online healthcare service might provide a solution.

Rory is one such service marketed as a digital healthcare clinic for women. They offer products that cover a variety of conditions.

Their offerings include products for:

  • general health
  • skin health
  • reproductive health, including menopause symptoms
  • mental health

Although using Rory has some drawbacks — for example, they don’t take insurance or offer birth control — they do have a good reputation. Rory can be a convenient and efficient option if you need digital healthcare services.

Rory is marketed as “a digital healthcare clinic for women.” Their parent company, Ro, also owns Roman, which is marketed toward men.

Rory provides online healthcare services, including consultations, prescriptions, and medications. They ship medication directly to you.

Their website states that your medication should arrive within 2 days, making it quick and

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Three tips for maintaining skin health – News

December 15, 2021 0 Comments

In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, Lauren Kole, M.D., assistant professor and residency program director in the Department of Dermatology, shares her top three tips for maintaining healthy skin all year long.

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In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, Lauren Kole, M.D., assistant professor and residency program director in the Department of Dermatology, shares her top three tips for maintaining healthy skin all year long.November is National Healthy Skin Month, an awareness month recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Skin health is important because it performs many essential tasks for overall health. As the largest organ of the body, skin is a protectant from viruses, infection, and environmental threats. It regulates temperature and fluids. 

In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Lauren Kole, M.D., shares her top three tips for maintaining

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The Skin Microbiome | Technology Networks

December 13, 2021 0 Comments

Human skin is a multi-layered organ made up of tissues designed to protect underlying body parts such as bones and muscles. These tissues serve as a first line of defense by preventing pathogenic organisms and foreign substances from invading the human body. Beyond its protective functions, human skin also serves as an ecosystem for billions of microorganisms that colonize each fold, crease and niche from head to toe. In this article, we describe what the skin microbiome is, which microorganisms are part of the skin microbiome and how we’ve come to understand the various relationships between the human skin and its microbial residents through advanced genomics.

What is the skin microbiome?

The skin microbiome1 is the collection of all microbiota and physical components that co-exist on human skin. While human skin is typically cool, dry and weakly acidic, there are distinct habitats including hair follicles, glands and skin of

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