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Pre- and probiotics for human skin

      Abstract

      Current research on the complex interplay between the microbiota, the barrier function and the innate immune system of the skin indicates that the skin's microbiota have a beneficial role, much like that of the gut microflora. As a consequence, interest in strategies beyond antibiotica that allow a more selective modulation of the skin microflora is constantly growing. This review will briefly summarize our current understanding of the cutaneous microbiota and summarize existing information on pre- and probiotic strategies for skin.

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      Biography

      Jean Krutmann is a professor of Dermatology and Environmental Medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He holds appointments as an adjunct professor at CWRU and UAB, USA as well as Nagoya City University, Japan. He is the Director of IUF, an Institute of the Scientific Community Leibniz (WGL). He has received numerous scientific awards including C.E.R.I.E.S, has published more than 200 original papers and several monographs. He currently serves on the board of directors of the International Union of Photobiology, the European and the American Society of Photodermatology.