Chronic diaper rash in children may be caused by food allergy

In children with multiple food allergies, the course of diaper dermatitis was more severe, and the condition did not respond to topical treatment, according to a new study published in Pediatric Dermatology (Nov. 2018). In some cases, diaper rash may be the only symptom of a food allergy, researchers reported. Watch this video for more info. 


Taking a probiotic while pregnant may help prevent eczema in children

The chances of a child developing eczema in the first 11 years of their life were reduced by half when lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) was given to pregnant women throughout the late stage of their pregnancy and into the breast-feeding stage, and then given to children for two years Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (Aug. 2018).

Acne: Genetic factors related to pore and hair follicle size may contribute to severity

A study published in the journal Nature Communications (Dec. 12, 2018) looked at the DNA of approximately 27,000 individuals including 3,823 with severe acne to examine a number of inheritable risk factors that could result in a higher likelihood of acne. Twelve new genetic regions were identified in the study, increasing the number of specific genetic regions associated with acne to 15.

Seasonal changes in skin lipids may worsen acne in winter

During the winter months, ceramides in the stratum corneum of acne skin are found to be lowered. This coincides with an increase in transepidermal water loss that is more often found in acne-prone skin compared to healthy skin. These lower levels of ceramides partly resolve in the summer months, according to a study published in the journal Experimental Dermatology (Aug. 2018; 27(8):833-836).

Gender and aged-based modifications in psoriasis treatments may be needed

A Switzerland-based study found that patients of different genders and age groups have varying priorities when it comes to their psoriasis treatments. For younger patients, appearance in social situations was a major motivating factor in seeking treatment for psoriasis. For older patients, improved sleep quality was a more important treatment outcome. These different goals need to be considered when creating treatment plans for patients.