Skin moisturization and frictional effects of an emollient-treated menstrual pad with a foam core

Miranda A. Farage, Enzo Berardesca, Howard Maibach

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Abstract

The emollient-transfer and frictional effects of a new, emollient-treated menstrual pad were studied to examine potential skin moisturization. When pads were applied for 6 hours to the popliteal fossa (behind-the knee [BTK] test), 79 μg of emollient per cm2 was transferred from the pad surface. When swiped across forearm skin in a controlled fashion, the emollient-treated pads, but not the conventional pads, caused a rise in the coefficient of skin friction, indirect evidence of skin moisturization. When irritant and sensory effects were assessed in the BTK protocol, the test pad was comparable with the commercial product currently considered to be "best-in-class" for softness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalCutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Absorbent foam
  • Behind-the-knee test
  • Emollient
  • Mechanical irritation
  • Menstrual pads
  • Polyacrylate foam
  • Sanitary pads
  • Skin friction meter
  • Skin moisturization
  • Topsheet finish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology

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