New Research Could Help Treat Eczema

A team of researchers including Prof. Dominic Campopiano and Dr David Clarke has carried out research that shows a naturally occurring compound could provide a treatment for a common form of eczema.

The research was carried out in collaboration with Dr Donald Davidson from the University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research. It showed that beta-defensin 2 (hBD2) is a key component in maintaining a healthy skin barrier and this, in turn, is vital in protecting against atopic eczema. This condition causes itchy lesions that can lead to broken skin with increased susceptibility to infection.

Introducing hBD2 to human skin cells was shown to strengthen the skin barrier and provide protection against infection.

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