Facial Attractiveness Linked to Immune Function

Facial Attractiveness Linked To Immune Function

News Release,International Society of Microbiota, France – February 22, 2022

Facial attractiveness is thought to be a signal to a target's health and immunocompetence for a long time. However, much of the research that has been done to test this idea has relied on a small number of indirect indicators of immune function, with conflicting results.

Here, Summer Mengelkoch build on this past research, examining the relationship between target attractiveness and (i) self-reported health, (ii) in vivo measures of inflammation and white blood cell count/composition, and (iii) in vitro tests of targets' immune function, including:

  1. Leucocyte proliferation in response to immunological stimulants
  2. Phagocytosis of Escherichia coli bioparticles
  3. NK cell-mediated lysis of target tumor cells
  4. Staphylococcus aureus growth in isolated plasma.

The findings revealed a variety of connections between immunological function and others' perceptions of attractiveness, one of which was sex-differentiated. According to the current research, there is likely to be a relationship between facial attractiveness and immunological function.

Facial attractiveness and its link with skin microbiota will be covered in detail in the Skin Ageing & Challenges 2022 Congress.

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