True therapeutic application of stem cells in dermatology is a tapestry of hope, promising early studies and false claims. While stem cells are showing promise in areas such as wound healing and in the treatment of skin fragility from epidermolysis bullosa, their use in heavily promoted topical antiaging preparations is, by our experts’ accounts, nowhere near ready for prime time.

Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., chairman of the board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the largest stem cell research program in the country, says he strongly believes in the present and future of the clinical use of stem cells.

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