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Laser microscopy tests for skin damage

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Ashley N. Rice, [email protected]

Beauty is only skin deep, and now scientists can use a laser microscopy technique to gauge a person’s true age from his/her most shallow layer – the skin. The method could provide a standardized way to measure the extent of skin damage and the effectiveness of anti-aging skin products. These images of basal keratinocytes, the most common cells in the outermost layer of skin, were taken of the forearms of a 24-year-old (a), a 47-year-old (b), a 59-year-old (c) and a 69-year-old (d). Compared with the skin cells of the youngest volunteers, the skin cells in older subjects...Read full article

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