This second article in a 2-part series on the epidermal skin barrier examines the physiologic conditions that alter the skin barrier and methods that help maintain and restore epidermal functions
Jane Fore-Pfliger, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, is in private practice as a wound care specialist in Lewiston, ID, and Clarkston, WA. A board-certified internal medicine specialist, Dr Fore-Pfliger is chairperson of the authors' committee of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Acknowledgment: The author thanks Dr Peter Elias for his guidance and assistance in the production of this article.
Submitted May 12, 2004; accepted June 21, 2004.