Effects of adhesive dressings on stratum corneum conductance

Maurizio Cavallini, Riccardo Gazzola, Luca Vaienti

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Background: Stratum corneum is a fundamental layer of epidermis. It acts as a barrier, with antimicrobial features, regulating skin permeability and integrity as well. Adhesive dressings and their removal could alter this layer, affecting cutaneous water balance and lipid composition of stratum corneum. These changes could be monitored by measurement of cutaneous hydration. Methods: Ninety-two patients affected by wounds dressed with adhesive tapes or plasters have been studied. Measurement of skin conductance under tape/plaster and in the surrounding healthy skin, immediately after removal of dressing has been performed. Dressing age, wound localization, and characteristics were also considered. Results: Adhesive dressings alter significantly stratum corneum conductance. Although healthy skin hydration has significant variations throughout the body, cutaneous conductance under adhesive dressing in different areas displays no significative changes. Moreover, the increase in hydration due to adhesive tapes/plasters showed no association with wound dehiscence. Discussion: Adhesive dressings cause a significative increase in stratum corneum conductance, acting as a barrier to apocrine secretions. Although different hydration levels have been observed in healthy skin throughout the body, no difference exists under adhesive dressing among different regions, suggesting no contraindications in their employment throughout the body. Conclusion: Increase in cutaneous hydration showed no correlations with wound dehiscence, thus confirming safety and practicality of these dressings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalSkin Research and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • Adhesive dressings
  • Conductance
  • Hydration
  • Stratum corneum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of adhesive dressings on stratum corneum conductance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this