The AP reports that Gallo was able to determine which good bacteria was missing in eczema patients, and added it to custom-made lotion. Even better news: the natural antibiotic created by the good bacteria did not kill off other healthy bacteria, which pharmaceutical antibiotics tend to do.
Rubbing bacteria-laced lotion on skin that is already vulnerable because of eczema may sound risky, but Gallo told the AP there’s nothing to fear: “They're normal skin bacteria, so we knew they would be safe.”
Gallo’s research was published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine and is already hailed as significant by his peers. Dr. Emma Guttman-Yassky, who works with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital told the AP that the lotion research is “very important” and “[opens] a window for a potential new treatment.”