Dermatology Update 2018 FALL
SESSIONS & ABSTRACTS
MONTREAL, FAIRMONT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH - NOVEMBER 15-18, 2018
The Skin Microbiome in Atopic Dermatitis and the Role of Emollients in Improving and Maintaining Diversity
The importance of the human skin microbiome in skin health continues to be recognized in the medical literature. Skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (AD) are associated with an imbalance of the skin’s microbiome. AD lesions are often colonized by Staphylococcus aureus, and improvements in microbial diversity are reported to correlate with improvements in disease severity. Advances in our understanding of the AD-associated skin microbiome have facilitated deeper insights into the function of the skin microbiota in this complex ecosystem and has led to new insights on the impact of emollient therapy on skin microbiome. Data has shown that emollients differ in their ability to improve microbial diversity in skin of AD patients. Recently, the skin protectant, colloidal oatmeal was demonstrated to be a prebiotic for skin microbiome and emollients containing colloidal oatmeal provided a significant increase in skin hydration, decrease in skin pH, and increase in microbial diversity in AD patients. These new insights provide valuable information to the dermatology community and highlight importance of selecting the appropriate emollient therapy for patients with compromised skin conditions.
- Present emerging scientific insights on association of the skin’s microbiome and skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis
- Understand the impact of emollient therapy on the skin’s microbiome
- Present research highlighting benefits of colloidal-oatmeal containing emollients in improving microbial diversity in compromised skin conditions