10 Things We Learned About Skin Care in 2016

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Here are the 10 things we learned in 2016 about skin care.

Psoriasis linked to bone mass loss

Scientists in Spain discovered that psoriasis patients often experience widespread bone loss. They recommend that people with psoriasis be closely monitored for bone loss. Medications that are IL-17 blockers might be beneficial for treating psoriasis without causing bone loss.

Hydrolysed baby formula does not decrease the risk of developing eczema

Hydrolysed baby formula is treated to break down milk proteins to reduce the risk of developing milk allergies and eczema. However, a review of 37 trials by researchers at the Imperial College London found there was no significant difference in the number of children who developed eczema based on the formula that was used.

Hard water in the home might contribute to eczema diagnosis

Researchers at King’s College London have found a possible link between hard water and eczema. Based on demographic information on 1,300 three-month old babies, the scientists found that living in a hard water area increased the chance of developing eczema by 87 percent.

Stem cells from umbilical cords reduced eczema symptoms in adults

In a study completed at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, 34 adult patients with moderate-to-severe eczema were given either a low-dose or high-dose treatment derived from stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Of the patients who received the high dose, more than one-half experienced a 50 percent reduction in symptoms.

Treating psoriasis can help lower risk of cardiovascular disease

People with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, partially because of widespread inflammation. Treating psoriasis can lower overall inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

A diagnosis of eczema might lead to other health conditions

Children diagnosed with eczema have a higher risk of developing other health conditions, such as asthma, hay fever, food allergies, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Scientists aren’t sure if this is the result of overall inflammation or that the eczema has negative effects on sleep and healthy habits.

Using biologic and phototherapy treatments together for psoriasis found safe and effective

Doctors have sometimes been hesitant to combine two different treatments for psoriasis: biologic medications and phototherapy. In reviewing studies, a combination of these treatments was found to be helpful, especially in patients whose psoriasis was not well controlled using only one treatment.

Most people with psoriasis report they aren’t satisfied with their current treatment

A survey by Health Union showed that two-thirds of psoriasis sufferers indicated they weren’t satisfied with their current treatment despite many treatments being available. In addition, over 80 percent stated they were embarrassed by their disease and that their emotional well-being was lower because of living with psoriasis.

Pregnant women and the risk of having a child diagnosed with eczema

Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, is an important nutrient found in fish, meat, chicken, mushrooms, nuts, and coffee. Infants whose mothers had higher levels of this vitamin during pregnancy were 30 percent less likely to develop eczema during the first 12 months of life.

Discovering a genetic component to psoriasis could lead to more targeted treatments

Scientists at the Universidad de Barcelona have discovered that the TREX2 gene is significantly involved in the inflammatory response which leads to psoriasis plaques. They hope that this information will lead to more targeted treatment without blocking the immune system.