Volunteers needed for study on skin ageing

As skin ages, we see a decline in skin barrier function, which can leave elderly people vulnerable to skin damage.

We believe that these changes may partly be due to changes in the skin’s lipid profile, and changes in the bacteria living on the skin.

In this study, researchers from the University of Manchester plan to investigate how the skin lipids and bacteria change as we age, by recruiting volunteers in two different age groups (18-40 and over 70).

We will examine the lipid composition of the skin, the function of the skin barrier, and the number and type of microbes that are found on the skin, at different body sites.

We hope to identify changes in these profiles, and the relationship between the two.

We are looking for volunteers - healthy men and women aged 18-40 or over 70.

This study will involve a single visit to the study clinic.

During this visit you will have your skin health assessed (including measurements of pH and water loss), then we will use wet swabs to sample surface bacteria, adhesive tape strips to sample the very top layer of your skin, and we will also take two skin biopsies (6 mm diameter) from the buttock skin of some volunteers.

The research will take place at Salford Royal Hospital.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time and inconvenience.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact:

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