Atopic Dermatitis and the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Choosing Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance Options

Hilary Baldwin, Crystal Aguh, Anneke Andriessen*, Latanya Benjamin, Aaron S. Farberg, Deirdre Hooper, Joseph L. Jorizzo, Peter A. Lio, Brook Tlougan, Heather C. Woolery-Lloyd, Joshua Zeichner

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Background: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common skin condition characterized by disturbed barrier function, skin inflammation, and cutaneous dysbiosis. Clinically, it manifests as chronic-recurrent xerosis, pruritus, and erythematous lesions. Its pathophysiology is complex, making the selection of appropriate treatment optio ns a task. Aim: To share insights gained from a literature review and discussions with experts in dermatology on key factors related to the prevention, treatment, and management of AD in relation to the skin microbio me. Methods: Results from an expert panel were summarized and discussed to provide updated recommendations for the treatment and maintenance of AD. Results: Evidence supports a strategy for managing inflammatory skin diseases with a selenium-rich post-biotic thermal water and biomass containing moisturizer. The moisturizer helps to restore homeostasis of the skin, re-populate a diverse microbiome, encourage the growth of commensal bacteria, and improve barrier function and symptoms of AD. Conclusions: Normalization of skin microbiome diversity using a topical moisturizer containing post-biotic aqua and biomass may offer a valuable option for the treatment and maintenance of inflammatory skin diseases. Clinicians should discuss the benefits of this treatment in the context of a full AD management program that covers prevention, active treatment, and maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-940
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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