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Dr Wing Man Lau
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Drug penetration and permeation through the skin are greatly influenced by the structural properties of the skin and the physicochemical properties of the drug. As such, penetration enhancement techniques largely focus on manipulating these two key factors. A great deal of research has focused on the stratum corneum, the primary skin barrier. In this chapter, we describe the structural properties of human skin, its functions, and the basic principles of drug penetration. The lipid composition and structural organisation of the stratum corneum, as well as the pathways of drug permeation, are highlighted. This chapter should provide a basic understanding of these topics and prepare the reader for advanced discussions in the specialist chapters that follow.
Author(s): Ng KW, Lau WM
Editor(s): Dragicevic, N; Maibach, H
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Percutaneous Penetration Enhancers Chemical Methods in Penetration Enhancement
Print publication date: 17/10/2016
Acceptance date: 01/01/2014
Place Published: Berlin, Heidelberg
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