Elastic 'second skin' could treat extreme conditions

A once-abandoned coating might help with skin problems like eczema or psoriasis.

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Elastic 'second skin' could treat extreme conditions

Sometimes, abandoned medical technology gets a shot at redemption. MIT, Living Proof and Olivo Labs have discovered that Strateris, an elastic "second skin" treatment that was only briefly on the market, could be very useful for softening the blow of serious skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. The material, which you apply in two steps through creams or gels, traps moisture extremely well -- perfect for very itchy skin. It doesn't have the drawbacks of the usual topical solutions, either. It can last for at least a full day, won't smudge off and can stretch over 250 percent before returning to its original state.

It could have more cosmetic purposes as well. While Strateris was originally limited to taking care of skin under the eye, it could also be used to tighten wrinkles and disguise wounds across the body. This second skin has limits -- it's currently expensive, and won't work with makeup. If it goes back into service, though, it could provide comfort and dignity to people who'd otherwise have to suffer the effects of skin disease, injury and aging.

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