Skin's Microbiome and Topical Product Implications

Speaker: Elizabeth Grice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 26 3:30–4:15pm

The skin is our interface to the outside world and continuously encounters assault by foreign and potentially pathogenic microorganisms. The skin also harbors populations of non-pathogenic, commensal microorganisms, which have important functions in skin health and disease. Culture-independent analysis of the healthy skin microbiota has revealed the great topographical and temporal complexity at this barrier surface. The role of skin host-microbe interactions is well-appreciated in multiple cutaneous disorders, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and cutaneous wound healing.

However, very little is known regarding the factors that shape and maintain the commensal skin microbiota, including host factors, environmental factors and topical products. Genomic approaches are employed to analyze the cutaneous microbiota and responses to perturbation; elucidating these relationships will provide a foundation for targeting the host-microbe equilibrium in order to restore homeostasis and strengthen and enhance the skin barrier in health and disease.

This discussion will cover the latest findings in host-microbe interactions of the skin, in relation to skin homeostasis, health, probiotics and other topical products.

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