Chapter 2

Moisturizing and Keratolytic Agents

Raquel Pardavila Riveiro and Celia Posada García

Abstract

Due to drastic environmental changes and more so, changes in life style, the frequent showers, bath, use of soaps, and cleansing wash make skin lose its natural oils. It causes dryness and more easily formation of subclinical fissures which can be followed of inflammation, itch and irritation. Emollient agents are used to combat all these effects. They operate to restore the cutaneous barrier. Numerous cutaneous dermatosis manifest with an abnormal thickening of the corneum stratum. It results in the appearance of scales on the skin. Keratolytic agents can help to favor elimination of scale and to reduce the thickness of corneum stratum.

Total Pages: 23-34 (12)

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