TCM practitioner and skincare expert Matoyla Kollaras reveals that a genetic deficiency in a protein essential to skin health is a primary cause of chronic dermatitis and presents a realistic approach to alleviating symptoms. This article appeared in Spa + Clinic magazine.


We all know that the epidermal barrier—the skin—is the body’s first line of defence against the outside world. It is a protective barrier against mechanical, inflammatory, chemical and environmental aggressors. The intact barrier of healthy skin keeps allergens, pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and chemical irritants out of the body, while preventing trans-epidermal water loss.


What you may not know is that a structural (or filament-aggregating) protein plays a key role in forming this protective barrier. Any disruption in the expression of this protein is likely to influence the effectiveness of defences. Read more.


EXTRA: A handy list of the ingredients that are most helpful in treating the incurable chronic skin condition.