In Sweden, about 20% of all children are born with atopic dermatitis. These numbers have tripled over the last three decades in the developed world, as a result of lifestyle changes and what chemicals we are exposed to throughout our lives.
Atopic eczema is a chronic condition, closely linked to asthma, allergies and hay fever, that causes suffering and severely limits the quality of life of those afflicted.
The skin barrier: Our real protection shield
What is it exactly? You can think of the skin barrier like a protective brick wall, where the cells are the bricks, and the Stratum corneum lipid matrix is the mortar in between the bricks. The barrier functions as a crucial protective barrier from environmental irritants and harmful microbes. At the same time, it holds in the moisture, preventing your skin from drying out.
When you suffer from atopic dermatitis, your skin barrier doesn’t function properly, which can allow viruses, toxins and bacteria to enter your body.
Measuring the barrier to detect atopic dermatitis
SciBase have conducted extensive research together with Prof. Dr. Cezmi Akdis, MD from University Zurich, SIAF in Davos. By utilizing AI and Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), they have been able to develop methods for analyzing the state of the skin barrier.
Helping newborn babies to healthier lives
By detecting which children that have a compromised skin barrier at birth, there is a potential to identify those with a higher risk of developing eczema, allergies, or asthma. Then those children could be managed differently. Through preventive healthcare the risk could be reduced of children developing these conditions that severely affect their lives — and also become a huge burden to the healthcare system.