Your skin is part of your immune system by Michael Cummins, Sat 23 Dec '17

Your skin is part of your immune system

Recent studies propose that our skin is part of our immune / lymphatic system. If your gut biome affects the operation of your gut, it stands to reason that your skin biome affects the operation of your skin.

"Recent studies have established that the interaction of T cells and skin-resident APCs are real events and have demonstrated that a subset of T cells that migrate to the skin can egress and return to skin-draining LNs, and even more, circulate in the blood and other tissues. These findings flesh out the concept of SALT with the consequence that, even under the homeostatic condition, skin is an active organ of immune system and immune reactions in the skin could influence systemic immunity."

Gyohei Egawa and Kenji Kabashima, in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology Skin as a Peripheral Lymphoid Organ: Revisiting the Concept of Skin-Associated Lymphoid Tissues

 

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