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
Fight or Flight
Indeed, one way that it’s helpful has been known for many decades, thanks to the pioneering work of Hans Selye and for which he received a Nobel Prize. We are programmed to respond to new threats from the environment – such as attacks by predators or surprise assaults by enemies – with the classic, ‘fight or flight’ stress response. These types of alarms cause a prompt release of the hormones, adrenaline and steroids (‘corticosteroids’, that is), which quickly generate the additional energy we will need to escape or confront such threats.
Our lab recently discovered another way in which stress can be helpful in certain situations. Read More…
INSIDE THE SKIN BARRIER
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 …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...
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...