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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Influence of nonhomogeneous distribution of topically applied UV filters on sun protection factors
Author(s): Jürgen Lademann; Andreas Rudolph; Ute Jacobi; Hans-Jürgen Weigmann; Hans Schaefer; Wolfram Sterry
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Paper Abstract

The aim of the present study is the development of a method to determine quantitatively in vivo the influence of homogeneity of the distribution of sunscreen containing UV filters on the sun protection factor (SPF). The SPF of a sunscreen applied either topically or inside an optical cell (pure or in a solvent) fixed above the skin is determined in vivo. In both cases, in vivo measurements using the erythema formation are carried out. Identical optical parameters of the skin are realized in both experiments. In addition, both in vitro (using tape stripping) and in vivo microscopic measurements are performed to analyze the homogeneity of distribution of the topically applied substances. An SPF of 8 is measured in the experiment applying the UV filters topically, whereas this value increases by a factor of 10 if the same amount of filter substances is distributed homogeneously in solution inside the optical cell. Tape strips removed from skin treated with the sunscreen reflect the inhomogeneous distribution of the topically applied substances on the skin. The direct correlation of homogeneity of distribution with the SPF opens up the possibility to increase the SPF by optimizing the formulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2004
PDF: 5 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 9(6) doi: 10.1117/1.1805557
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 9, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Jürgen Lademann, Charité Univ. Hospital (Germany)
Andreas Rudolph, Charité Univ. Hospital (Germany)
Ute Jacobi, Charité Univ. Hospital (Germany)
Hans-Jürgen Weigmann, Humboldt Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Hans Schaefer, Humboldt Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Wolfram Sterry, Charite Univ. Hospital (Germany)


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