Figure 7. Moisture accumulation assessment

Moisture accumulation was assessed under probe occlusion of the skin surface at a) 8 min, b) 60 min, and c) 120 min after topical application of barrier creams. At 1 hr after application, control and vernix-treated sites had significantly lower water accumulation; at 2 hr, petrolatum and petrolatum- and mineral oil-based ointment had a significantly higher rate of moisture accumulation relative to the control site. All results are presented as mean capacitance reactance units per second ± SEM, *p < 0.05; reproduced with permission from Reference 23.