FILAGGRIN & ECZEMA
50% of people with eczema have the dry skin gene, do you?
After years of research, experts have discovered 50% of people with eczema prone skin are deficient in a vital protein called filaggrin in their skin which can cause a damaged, sensitive skin barrier that is prone to dryness and cracking.
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What is filaggrin and what does it do?
Filaggrin is a key bonding protein that occurs naturally in the skin and helps to keep the skin barrier sealed and protected, stopping moisture getting out and irritants getting in.
10% of the population and 50% of people with eczema prone skin have the dry skin gene which means their skin is deficient in filaggrin. Filaggrin deficiency can result in a damaged, sensitive and ‘leaky’ skin barrier that allows higher than normal water loss (which can lead to dry, scaly skin), as well as allowing harmful substances to get through the epidermis, where they can trigger responses from itchiness to extra dry, sensitive skin and allergies.
How do I care for my skin if I have a deficiency in filaggrin?
If your skin has low levels of filaggrin, frequent applications of traditional moisturisers may not be effective in soothing your dry skin. Your skin will require a more tailored, intensive moisturiser with clinically proven actives to boost filaggrin levels and alleviate dry, cracked skin.
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There are two main causes of reduced filaggrin levels:
1. Genetic filaggrin deficiency – a condition affecting up to 10% of the population.
2. Skin inflammation – environmental factors such as sunburn, low humidity, skin irritants, scratches and bites, stress and age can cause a decrease in the natural production of filaggrin.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Dry, rough, bumpy skin, also known as keratosis pilaris.
- Skin that feels dry even after moisturising
- Dry spots and skin that cracks easily
- Eczema prone skin
- Dry and scaly skin across your body, often noticed on the arms and legs. These symptoms describe the condition ichthyosis vulgaris, also known as fish scale skin.
- Dry palms, also known as palmar linearity
Studies show that up to 50% of people affected by atopic dermatitis have a filaggrin deficiency. Environmental factors also play a role in the development of atopic dermatitis but having reduced levels of filaggrin increases the risk.
Dundee University. Filaggrin in atopic dermatitis; Grainne M. O'Regan, Aileen Sandilands, W. H. Irwin McLean, Alan D. Irvine