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An Investigation of the Effect of Six Emollients on Skin Characteristics: A Volunteer Study

Waring, Mike; Butcher, Martyn; Bielfeldt, Stephan; Mätzold, Katja; Wilhelm, Klaus-Peter

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: January/February 2014 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 33–41
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000014
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ABSTRACT: The need for emollient therapy is evident from the wide incidence of dry skin within the population. There is, however, little knowledge about the effectiveness of different emollients in their ability to moisturize the skin. This study examined the efficacy of six different emollient products in a volunteer study that measured the following parameters: skin hydration, skin topography, and skin elasticity.

The measurement of skin hydration and topography was able to show statistical differences between the emollients, although this was not possible with the measurement of skin elasticity. The differences indicated that some emollient formulations were superior to others in terms of their ability to moisturize the skin.

Mike Waring, PhD, Devicemark Ltd., Wirral, United Kingdom.

Martyn Butcher, RN, South West Wound Care Consultancy, Devon, United Kingdom.

Stephan Bielfeldt, proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research GmbH, Schenefeld, Germany.

Katja Mätzold, PhD, proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research GmbH, Schenefeld, Germany.

Klaus-Peter Wilhelm, MD, proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research GmbH, Schenefeld; and Department of Dermatology, Lübeck University, Lübeck, Germany.

This work was funded by Molnlycke UK.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Mike Waring, PhD, 16 Escolme Drive, Greasby Wirral, CH49 1SE United Kingdom. E-mail: mike@devicemark.co.uk

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