Ceramides are fatty substances found in the outermost layer of the skin, which is made of dead skin cells and serves mainly as a physical barrier. Ceramides help control how skin cells grow and how they develop specialised functions.
Researchers have created synthetic versions of these substances, referred to as pseudo-ceramides, three of which have been found to significantly increase the amount of proteins produced when skin cells are formed.
Pseudo-ceramides could therefore help in treating skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, as well as the excessively thin skin caused by the use of steroid-based skin treatments.
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