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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Use of reflectance near-infrared spectroscopy to investigate the effects of daily moisturizer application on skin optical response and barrier function
Author(s): Meha Qassem; Panayiotis Kyriacou
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Paper Abstract

A number of noninvasive techniques and instruments have emerged over the years allowing much progress toward clarifying the structure and function of human skin and studying the effects of various applied substances. All of this research has provided great insight into the interactions between skin and various products through quantitative and qualitative measurements. Such methods include near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), a technique which has gained popularity over the years and has often been employed to accurately determine the moisture levels and water content of skin based on its sensitivity to hydrogen bonding. NIRS has also been applied in many studies to report the efficacy of moisturizing products and assess their benefits to the skin. However, many of these studies have reported an increase in skin water content following moisturizer application while some have challenged the benefits of long-term moisturizer use, particularly on normal skin, and even suggested that it can increase the skin’s susceptibility to irritants. This paper reports the results of a pilot

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2014
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 19(8) 087007 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.19.8.087007
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 19, Issue 8
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Meha Qassem, City Univ. London (United Kingdom)
Panayiotis Kyriacou, City Univ. London (United Kingdom)

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