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®
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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.
In an earlier post we described how psychological stress can be hard on people’s skin barrier. But to gain a better understanding of how stress affects skin, how feeling anxious or depressed can be detrimental to the skin’s barrier, we needed to return to the laboratory.
Only in a laboratory setting could we learn what was happening inside the skin during stressful situations.
Mice don’t take exams – the stressful situation we studied in our medical student volunteers – but they can be stressed by sleep deprivation, or by crowded housing, or physical restraints. (Let us reassure our readers that all of these animal studies were approved in advance by our institution’s Animal Care Committee). We did indeed confirm that mice when stressed in these ways developed an impaired skin permeability barrier, just as we had found in our anxious medical students during exam periods. But we also learned that there were other ways that stress is hard on the skin. 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
One undisputed consequence of our changing climate is the spread of infectious diseases into new regions as their habitats change. Many so-called tropical diseases are now moving into more temperate …Read More...
A: People who have “sensitive skin” are more likely to experience rashes or itching with the use of skin care products, cosmetics and soaps. Sensitive skin means that the skin’s barrier is …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...