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 …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
Air pollution and climate change go hand in hand. The truth behind this statement may not be immediately apparent to everyone, but those of us who live and breathe in San Francisco now know it all to well. We learned the hard way. As wildfires more than 100 miles north of our city raged out of control last month– fires that were triggered by drought that was fostered by climate change – their smoke clouded our skies, filled our lungs and bathed our skin.
The Bay Area was on air quality alerts for weeks. ‘Red’ alert days, cautioning the very young, elderly and those with heart and lung disease to remain indoors. These announcements soon gave way to a few days of even more extreme, ‘purple’ alerts, when the air was simply unsafe for everyone!
Schools were closed and those who ventured out wore surgical masks – all because of air pollution because of Climate Change!
Wildfires have been a problem in California more or less forever. Read More…
INSIDE THE SKIN BARRIER
There seems little doubt that stress affects skin - and not in a good way. As dermatologists, we have often heard from our patients how the stress in their lives is making their skin condition worse. …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...
This is the 4th in our series of updates on atopic dermatitis. In the preceding articles we considered why so many more children nowadays are developing eczema, what we know about the genetic …Read More...
CLIMATE AND THE SKIN
Air pollution and climate change go hand in hand. The truth behind this statement may not be immediately apparent to everyone, but those of us who live and breathe in San Francisco now know it all to …Read More...
Q: My skin seems to reactive to every skin care product I use? What should I do? A: Here are 5 things people with sensitive skin can do to avoid problems with skin care products. 1. Caveat …Read More...
There seems to be little doubt that both autism and atopic dermatitis have become much more prevalent in recent years. In neither disorder is the cause nor the reason for the current …Read More...