Delivering Skin Moisturization from a Surfactant Cleanser


The majority of cleansing products on the market contain surfactants that function to remove dirt, excess sebum or other residues from the skin.1 However, after repeated use, surfactants can lead to dryness and trigger further skin conditions. This is because, along with dirt and residues, high concentrations of surfactants also remove or damage skin’s lamellar structures;2 although the mechanism by which this occurs is not fully understood. These lamellar lipid structures, including cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids, surround the corneocytes of the stratum corneum (SC) and play a significant role in regulating water transport through the SC by contributing to the skin’s brick and mortar structure.

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