Silk Fibroin Biomaterials and Their Beneficial Role in Skin Wound Healing

Biomolecules. 2022 Dec 12;12(12):1852. doi: 10.3390/biom12121852.


The skin, acting as the outer protection of the human body, is most vulnerable to injury. Wound healing can often be impaired, leading to chronic, hard-to-heal wounds. For this reason, searching for the most effective dressings that can significantly enhance the wound healing process is necessary. In this regard, silk fibroin, a protein derived from silk fibres that has excellent properties, is noteworthy. Silk fibroin is highly biocompatible and biodegradable. It can easily make various dressings, which can be loaded with additional substances to improve healing. Dressings based on silk fibroin have anti-inflammatory, pro-angiogenic properties and significantly accelerate skin wound healing, even compared to commercially available wound dressings. Animal studies confirm the beneficial influence of silk fibroin in wound healing. Clinical research focusing on fibroin dressings is also promising. These properties make silk fibroin a remarkable natural material for creating innovative, simple, and effective dressings for skin wound healing. In this review, we summarise the application of silk fibroin biomaterials as wound dressings in full-thickness, burn, and diabetic wounds in preclinical and clinical settings.

Keywords: burn wounds; diabetic wounds; silk biomaterials; silk fibroin; skin wounds; wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials / metabolism
  • Biocompatible Materials / pharmacology
  • Biocompatible Materials / therapeutic use
  • Burns*
  • Fibroins* / metabolism
  • Fibroins* / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Silk / metabolism
  • Skin / metabolism
  • Wound Healing


  • Fibroins
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Silk