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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Glycerol and urea can be used to increase skin permeability in reduced hydration conditions
Author(s) Björklund, Sebastian ; Engblom, Johan ; Thuresson, Krister ; Sparr, Emma
Date 2013
English abstract
The natural moisturizing factor (NMF) is a group of hygroscopic molecules that is naturally present in skin and protects from severe drying. Glycerol and urea are two examples of NMF components that are also used in skin care applications. In the present study, we investigate the influence of glycerol and urea on the permeability of a model drug (metronidazole, Mz) across excised pig skin membranes at different hydrating conditions. The degree of skin hydration is regulated by the gradient in water activity across the membrane, which in turn depends on the water activity of the formulation in contact with the skin membrane. Here, we determine the water activity of all formulations employed using an isothermal calorimetric method. Thus, the gradient in water activity is controlled by a novel experimental set-up with well-defined boundary conditions on both sides of the skin membrane. The results demonstrate that glycerol and urea can retain high steady state flux of Mz across skin membranes at dehydrating conditions, which otherwise would decrease the permeability due to dehydration. X-ray diffraction measurements are performed to give insight into the effects of glycerol and urea on SC molecular organization. The novel steady state flux results can be related to the observation that water, glycerol, and urea all affect the structural features of the SC molecular components in a similar manner.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejps.2013.04.022 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences;50
Volume 5
ISSN 0928-0987
Pages 638-645
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) humectant
glycerol
urea
skin
hydration
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16550 (link to this page)

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