Skin Capacitance

  • André O. Barel
  • Peter Clarys


The aim of this chapter is to describe the commercial electrical capacitance method for measuring skin hydration, the Corneometer 825 with the new digital probe, in comparison with the older analog system. In vitro calibration and validation experiments were considered on cellulose and filter pads using different solvents in order to estimate the influence of electrolytes and the evaluation of water desorption kinetics. Measurements over different layers of low dielectric plastic foils were used in order to estimate the detection depth of the hydration measurements.

In vivo measurements were considered on various skin sites covering a large range of hydration status going from very dry to well-hydrated skin areas. The intraperson variability was lower for the digital probe (7.2 %) compared with the analog probe (8.7 %). Sensitivity of the capacitance method was very good at low and very low hydration levels while sensitivity decreases at very high levels of hydration. The influence of external factors such as pressure of application and environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity) and seasonal variation is discussed.


Stratum Corneum Skin Surface Capacitance Measurement Analog Probe Capacitance Method 
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The authors thank Mr. Gabriel Khazaka and Mrs. Diana Khazaka, Courage-Khazaka Electronic Köln, for technical information concerning the Corneometer CM 825 and MPA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Human Biometry and Biomechanics, Faculty of Physical Education and PhysiotherapyFree University of Brussels (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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