A new scientific invention, an artificial skin called ICX-SKN, shows that its use reduces the amount of scarring that would have occurred if another method was used and could be a replacement for skin grafting, reports the BBC.
The new artificial skin was created in the UK by Intercytex and has just been described in the most recent edition of ‘Regenerative Medicine’. Intercytex is a company that focuses on cell therapy.
The artificial skin created by Intercytex can be used on wounds and the body is able to body is able to easily assimilate the fake skin with real skin. The new product has shown that is works better than previous types of artificial skin created, some of which break down within a few weeks.
During testing of the artificial skin by Intercytex researchers found that the fake skin was completely assimilated by the body within one month. The wound was fully healed and left very little scarring.
The scientists that are working with the artificial skin, ICX-SKN, are hoping that it will be able to be used instead of skin grafts. Skin grafts are currently the most common way that large wounds and burns are treated. The process of skin grafting is where healthy skin of the patient is removed and placed on their wound. However, doctors that are not happy with this process have been searching for a form of artificial skin that could do the same thing, but have yet to find a decent substitute.
That is until till now, hopes artificial skin creator, Intercytex. According to the creators their artificial skin is made from fibroblasts. This is a cell that is located in real human skin and it helps the skin heal wounds. Also including the artificial skin is fibrin gel. Fibrin gel is a protein that is found in the blood and helps it to clot when the body suffers an injury such as a cut.
One of the head researchers working with the new artificial skin, Dr. Kemp told the BBC, about he skin, “I was very surprised at how quickly the wounds healed. If this continues in larger trials then it could revolutionise the way in which wounds and burns are treated in the future.”
Another scientist working with the team of researchers from Manchester, UK’s Wynthenshawe Hospital burns unit, Kenn Dunn, told the BBC, “This particular product behaves like the patient’s own skin. It seems to excite much less reaction than the other materials we are using at the moment.”
This new artificial skin is showing great promise and could make treating serious burns and wounds much easier and less painful for patients.
BBC report about artificial skin ICX-SKN
Reuters report about artificial skin ICX-SKN