Rosacea: An Introduction

Treating Langerhans Cells

Langerhans cells are a primary defense mechanism in protecting the skin from harm, including infections and cancerous tumor growths. These skin cells are part of an overall category referred to as "macrophages".

Langerhans cells have "curly-cue" like extensions that reach to the surface of the skin.

These receptors have the ability to selectively recognize particles that come in contact with the skin and determine what processes should be initiated in order to protect or repair the skin.

Langerhans cells are believed to be crucial to the overall immune functions of the skin and appear to act as a kind of surveillance detector that aids in initiating defensive responses when the skin is exposed to what it considers to be undesirable elements.

Langherans Cells are instrumental in producing rosacea symptoms.

The number of skin macrophages, or Langerhans cells, is directly related to skin aging.

Decreased activity of the Langerhans cells is believed to be affected greatly by exposure to UV light.

UV exposure triggers free radical formation and Langerhans cells are extremely vulnerable targets of free radical attack.

Also, when Langerhans cells are compromised due to cumulative environmental damage, it is believed that wound healing is slower and collagen formation is affected, leading to accelerated aging.

Currently, research is focusing on topical substances that boost and protect local and systematic immune activities of the Langerhans cells.

Studies indicate that by enhancing this function, the skin is able to increase collagen production and elasticity in addition to a significant reduction in reactions from environmental irritants indirectly responsible for rosacea symptoms.


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