What Is EpiCeram®? EpiCeram® emulsion is a barrier-repair formulation, which is available by prescription only. It offers a unique, cortisone-free, topical therapy for patients with eczema and atopic dermatitis. EpiCeram® was developed based upon research from the Elias laboratory. Our research group has been concerned for many years with uncovering the means whereby skin prevents water from escaping out of the body – its permeability barrier. The Science Behind …LEARN MORE about The Story of EpiCeram®
WELCOME TO ELIAS & WILLIAMS
Are you curious about skin - how it works or what it does? Have you wondered why some people have strong and healthy skin, while other people’s skin is easily irritated and prone to rashes?
We, Peter M. Elias, M.D. and Mary L. Williams, M.D., are professors of dermatology and skin scientists who have spent our careers learning how the skin works in our laboratory and treating children and adults with skin disorders in our clinics. Here, we offer up to date and scientifically sound information about skin and how it works everyday – quietly and efficiently - to keep us well, and what is happening in our skin, when it is unwell.
We believe that, just as there is more to owning and operating a car then simply filling the gas tank and turning on the ignition, so, too, if we understand how the skin operates, this knowledge will make us better stewards of its health and beauty.
We provide both in-depth articles based upon the latest scientific understanding and research, as well as answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about skin. Whether you are just a curious person, or a parent with a child suffering from a skin disorder, or a practitioner in the skin-care industry, or a health care provider, we believe you will find here new and surprising information.
We offer our Special Report: Taking Good Care of Your Skin
This booklet offers up-to-date scientific information on how the skin works to keep us well and what we can do to maintain its health and beauty.Yes, Send Me the Guide
Q: COVID-19, climate change and skin? Are they related to each other, and if so how and why?
A: Let’s look first at COVID-19 and climate change, and see how they are and are not related.
COVID-19 was not directly the result of climate change
We have no evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was directly caused by climate change. Our changing climate is due to an increased burden of greenhouses gases in the atmosphere, largely as a result of our combustion of fossil fuels for energy. These trapped gases are warming our planet and disrupting the usual climatic patterns. We do know that some previously tropical viruses, like Dengue and Zika, are spreading into temperate zones as a result of climate change, but this does not appear to be behind the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
To quote the World Health Organization (WHO): “There is currently no conclusive evidence that either weather (short term variations in meteorological conditions) or climate (long-term averages) have a strong influence on transmission”…of COVID-19.
But climate change and the COVID-19 epidemic are interrelated in a number of ways.Read More…
INSIDE THE SKIN BARRIER
We hear a lot about the multitude and diversity the micro-organisms – especially the bacteria - that populate our stomach and intestines. We learn that these bugs living on and in us account for a …Read More...
REPAIRING THE SKIN BARRIER
An alarming percentage (about 60%) of normal adults, mostly women, self-report that they regularly experience ‘sensitive skin’. Most perceive ‘sensitive skin’ as various amounts of stinging, burning, …Read More...
Who is at risk? Many people are prone to develop dry skin. Examples include those who have or have in the past had atopic dermatitis. This is a common form of eczema that affects up to 20% of the …Read More...
CLIMATE AND THE SKIN
Picture this: A person enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a good book while resting in an arm chair in front of a blazing fireplace. A cozy image of the winter season? Perhaps, but it’s …Read More...
We have learned a lot about skin and its permeability barrier in recent years. Here are our picks for the top 5 discoveries about skin of the past decade. Some of these arose from work in …Read More...