Although pediatric atopic dermatitis and acne have some similarities among children with skin of color and lighter-skinned children, there are important differences when these common skin conditions affect darker skin types.
For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology. The study examined whether changes in the skin's microbiome were responsible for atopic dermatitis remission that occurs as children age.
Microbial colonization in the development of inflammatory conditions and immune-mediated conditions is a hot research topic, and new dermatologic therapies can potentially result from greater understanding of the role of microbial communities on the skin and in the gut.
Pediatric atopic dermatitis and acne have some similarities when these present in skin of color and lighter-skin children. But there are important differences when these common skin conditions affect darker skin types. An expert discusses how treatments should be approached.
Research has demonstrated that staph aureus is in increased supply on the skin of atopic dermatitis patients coupled with less overall diversity in the number of bacteria on their skin, suggesting therapies that achieve balance in the skin microbiome could help to manage atopic dermatitis.