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The skin microbiome: current perspectives and future challenges.
Chen YE, Tsao H.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Jul;69(1):143-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.01.016.
- Different bacteria, fungi and viruses live on the skin.
- The type of microorganisms as well as their density depends on « environmental » factors.
- « Tropical » areas include the skin folds such as axillae, inquinal folds…
- ‘Desert » areas include peripheral skin areas such as the distal limbs
- Oily areas include the face.
- That being said known organisms are known:
- Propionibacterium Acnes in Acne Vulgaris
- S.Aureus in Folliculitis
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) in viral warts…
- In other skin diseases, the role is less clear such as the demodex mite in rosacea or bacteria in hidradenitis suppurativa.
- A better understanding of skin diseases would be reached by understanding of its inhabitants and could lead to new treatment possibilities.
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Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland