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Effect of mixed surfactants on stratum corneum: a drying stress and Raman spectroscopy study

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Stratum corneum (SC) lipids are known to play an important role in barrier properties of skin by maintaining the optimal hydration levels. The disruption of SC lipids by cleanser surfactants is believed to lead to dry skin damage which can be a precursor to other skin disorders. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of commonly used anionic and zwitterionic surfactants sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) and cocoamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) on the generation of drying stresses in SC and the role played by lipids.
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Keywords: moisturisation; polymers/surfactants; skin physiology/structure

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2014

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