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98 Skin Bioengineering

Core Messages

  • Clinical assessments of environmental dermatoses may be biased owing to their subjectivity and their wide interobserver variations.
  • Skin bioinstrumentation aims at bringing accuracy, objectivity, reproducibility, sensitivity, and precision to clinical assessments.
  • Occupational and environmental threats frequently alter the biological functions of the stratum corneum, and induce inflammation.
  • Irritant and allergic contact dermatoses are conveniently explored using bioengineering methods.
  • Transepidermal water loss and skin capacitance imaging represent two major dermometrological methods in occupational dermatology.
  • Currently there is no bioengineering method elucidating the differential diagnosis between irritant and allergic contact dermatitis because the specificity of each method is limited.
  • Due to their high sensitivity, the biometrological methods allow the severity rating of environmental dermatoses.

1 Introduction