Research is needed to clarify human skin microbiome relevance for skin health, dermatologic disorders.
Interest in the human skin microbiome and how it relates to skin health and dermatologic disorders is rapidly growing.
Given the dermatology specialty’s interest in the microbiome, defined as a collection of microbes including bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes and their collective genomes, it’s important to understand that what current research highlights is that there are a lot of unknowns, according to Heidi H. Kong, M.D., M.H.Sc, investigator and head of the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section, Dermatology Branch, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“In fact, there is much research we still need to do to understand whether the skin microbiome affects human health,” says Dr. Kong, who presented “Relevance of the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease” during the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
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Dr. Kong offers these three takeaways from her recent presentation:
Dr. Kong reports no relevant disclosures.