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  • Role of sunscreen formulation and photostability to protect the biomechanical barrier function of skin. Biochemistry and biophysics reports Berkey, C., Oguchi, N., Miyazawa, K., Dauskardt, R. 2019; 19: 100657


    The impact of sunscreen formulations on the barrier properties of human skin are often overlooked leading to formulations with components whose effects on barrier mechanical integrity are poorly understood. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the relevance of carrier selection and sunscreen photostability when designing sunscreen formulations to protect the biomechanical barrier properties of human stratum corneum (SC) from solar ultraviolet (UV) damage. Biomechanical properties of SC samples were assayed after accelerated UVB damage through measurements of the SC's mechanical stress profile and corneocyte cohesion. A narrowband UVB (305-315 nm) lamp was used to expose SC samples to 5, 30, 125, and 265 J cm-2 in order to magnify damage to the mechanical properties of the tissue and characterize the UV degradation dose response such that effects from smaller UV dosages can be extrapolated. Stresses in the SC decreased when treated with sunscreen components, highlighting their effect on the skin prior to UV exposure. Stresses increased with UVB exposure and in specimens treated with different sunscreens stresses varied dramatically at high UVB dosages. Specimens treated with sunscreen components without UVB exposure exhibited altered corneocyte cohesion. Both sunscreens studied prevented alteration of corneocyte cohesion by low UVB dosages, but differences in protection were observed at higher UVB dosages indicating UV degradation of one sunscreen. These results indicate the protection of individual sunscreen components vary over a range of UVB dosages, and components can even cause alteration of the biomechanical barrier properties of human SC before UV exposure. Therefore, detailed characterization of sunscreen formulation components is required to design robust protection from UV damage.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bbrep.2019.100657

    View details for PubMedID 31211250

  • Screening sunscreens: protecting the biomechanical barrier function of skin from solar ultraviolet radiation damage INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COSMETIC SCIENCE Berkey, C., Biniek, K., Dauskardt, R. H. 2017; 39 (3): 269-274

    View details for DOI 10.1111/ics.12370

    View details for Web of Science ID 000401730700005