Sign the Pledge!
Your Participation in Dermatologic Clinical Studies Matters
Sign the Pledge that You'll Do Your Part (at the bottom!)
The importance of healthy skin cannot not be overlooked. Our skin is the first line of defense against microorganisms, It also serves as protection from harmful forces in our environment. In short, when there is damage to your skin, or your skin is in a compromising environment (i.e. it is too wet or too dry), it loses its defense power. This makes you more prone to things like viruses and infections.
If you have suffered from any skin-related conditions (recurrent infections, ulcers, melanoma, alopecia, or hyperhidrosis) know that you are not alone. Dermatologic complaints account for up to 8.2% of all primary care visits. Dermatologists have an impressively comprehensive understanding of the skin and its related conditions. That being said, there is still progress to be made. Here are 3 reasons why your participation in dermatologic research matters.
1. The skin is your largest organ.
Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight and is home to more than 1,000 species of good bacteria. Healthy skin = a strong barrier between your internal organs and the outside world. Skin can prevent bone damage, muscle damage or internal organ decay from environmental forces like UV rays, collisions, and extreme temperatures. Because all of your body systems work together, medical advancement in dermatology is equally important as medical advancements in other fields like cardiology or neurology. Participating in dermatologic clinical studies means you're not only helping keep infection at bay, but also broadening dermatologic knowledge about such an important and essential organ.
2. Our largest organ faces over 3,000 present-day conditions.
Almost every single one of us will face a skin-related condition during our lifetime. Whether the condition is a common one like acne, or a lesser known condition like hyperhidrosis, almost everyone has a condition ready to be harnessed and used for good. Participating in a study is an extremely noble way to give back to humanity, as you improve treatment options for yourself and others.
3. You can make a real difference.
The only way clinical research is propelled forward is when individuals, like you, step up to participate and make a difference. All medical trials require countless participants with the relevant medical conditions. Without the continual and selfless participation from people like you, there would be no new, safe medical treatments for the countless relentless conditions like hyperhidrosis. Your participation not only directly benefits you through receiving doctor care and a potentially novel new treatment, but also benefits everyone else fighting your same battle. As for hyperhidrosis sufferers participating in a clinical study evaluating a new treatment for hyperhidrosis, this means benefitting upwards of 380 million people worldwide.