One of the most common phenomena of skin senescence is stratum corneum dehydratation leading to senile cutaneous xerosis and pathological sequelae as Cracked Porcelain Eczema and Senile Prurigo. Stratum corneum water is bound both by proteins and lipids. In senescence both proteins and lipids are lacking because of synthesis decrease. This decrease causes excessive water loss and though pathologic conditions. In order to counteract senile cutaneous xerosis water-rich creams and/or moisturizing factors containing creams are generally applied. However, the results are unsatisfatory. A more rational and modern approach to senile cutaneous xerosis consists in acting on causes leading to excessive water loss. In this preliminary study, the Authors evaluated a new approach defined cutaneous autohydratation using the Polyethilenglycol (PEG) hydrophylic ointment containing astaxanthin and seabuckthorn berry oil. The Authors obtained better results using the PEG anhydrous ointment than a water-rich emulsion.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cutaneous xerosis in the elderly: The benefits of autohydratation versus hydratation, a preliminary study|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Geriatric and Medical Intelligence|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology