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Skin Pharmacol Appl Skin Physiol. 1999 Sep-Oct;12(5):284-8.

Release and skin distribution of silicone-related compound(s) from a silicone gel sheet in vitro.

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Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Hiroshima, Japan.


The efficacy of topical silicone gel sheeting in prevention and/or reduction of keloids and hypertrophic scars is well recognized. In the present study, we reexamined the possible release of silicone-related compound(s) from a commercially available silicone gel sheet (Cica-Care, Smith and Nephew, Hull, England) in aqueous media in vitro. The silicone gel sheet was also applied on the excised skin surface to examine the possible distribution of silicone-related compounds into the skin in vitro. Silicone-related compounds were measured as silicon by an inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrophotometer. When a piece of silicone gel sheet was placed in phosphate buffer solution (pH 3-9) at 37 degrees C for 7 days, the concentration of silicon in the medium increased with time, depending on the pH of the medium. This indicates that the released silicone-related compounds are water-soluble. When Cica-Care was applied on the surface of excised rat skin, human axilla skin and hypertrophic scars under hydrated conditions in vitro, silicon was detected in all skin samples. Greater distribution was observed in rat skin than in human axilla skin and hypertrophic scars. The release of silicone-related compounds from a silicone gel sheet (Cica-Care) and their distribution into the skin were demonstrated in vitro. Silicone-related compounds distributed into the skin may have pharmacological effects on the skin. Further investigation will be necessary to investigate in detail the action of silicone-related compounds on the proliferation of fibroblasts and excessive production of collagen.

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