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Cosmeceutical, Nutraceuticals and Biofunctional Textiles for a Better Quality of Life
Posted: January 25, 2008
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Nowadays, textiles have been improved for different needs such as UV and/or toxic gases protection, enhancing breath ability or to protect against microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. In addition, they may have integrated sensors to diagnose medical conditions (Fig.2) or may be equipped with carrier molecules to absorb substances from the skin and release therapeutic compounds (Fig.3).
Caption: Sensor on Textiles to Diagnose Medical Conditions
Caption: The Cosmetic Carrier Composed of Particles of Different Size May Have a Major or Minor Penetrability Power.
This was the focus of Prof. Hong –Duo Chen, Prof. Xing-Hua Gao and Yu-Xiao Hung from the well- known China Medical University in Shenyang. China has the biggest production volume of textiles, and people there are becoming more and more aware of the unwanted effects clothing may have on human health. Therefore, according to the scientists, Chinese dermatologists are paying much more attention to the safety of clothing, and fibers of different functions are being developed. Meanwhile, the textile industry is booming and dermatologists have established a bridging role in testing and evaluating all the effects of fibers on the skin in both lab and clinic settings. Innovative textiles may be produced by the use of the Italian-patented chitin nanofibrils with new properties and significant advantages, for example in wound care. This natural and safe polyglucoside may be constructed with other fibers of different densities to enhance and optimize the direct transport of fluids into the textile (Fig.4).
Caption: Textile Produced from Chitin' Nanofibrils.