Can sweat glands be used to heal skin wounds?
Interview: Laure Rittié, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School.
According to Laure Rittié, Ph.D., sweat glands are major contributors to wound closure in humans, including scrapes, burns and even persistent skin ulcers. Before Dr. Rittié’s research, it was thought that hair follicles and the migration of cells inward toward the wound helped skin abrasions heal. This discovery is a very important first step in the process of wound closure.