Archives of Dermatological Research

, Volume 279, Issue 5, pp 351–356 | Cite as

In vivo relationship between transepidermal water loss and percutaneous penetration of some organic compounds in man: effect of anatomic site

  • C. Lotte
  • A. Rougier
  • D. R. Wilson
  • H. I. Maibach
Original Contributions


The relationship between the percutaneous penetration of four chemicals and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) was investigated in vivo in man as a function of anatomic site. The findings showed an appreciable difference in the permeability of the skin from one site to another with regard to both water loss and chemical penetration. In addition, independent of the physicochemical properties of the molecules administered, there was a linear relationship between TEWL and penetration. These data confirm both the importance of anatomic site in the degree of permeability of the cutaneous barrier and the utility of determinations of TEWL and percutaneous absorption in the evaluation of its functional condition.

Key words

Transepidermal water loss Percutaneous absorption Anatomic site 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Lotte
    • 1
  • A. Rougier
    • 1
  • D. R. Wilson
    • 2
  • H. I. Maibach
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de BiologieLaboratoires de Recherche Fondamentale de l'OréalAulnay sous BoisFrance
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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