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Br J Dermatol. 1975 Aug;93(2):159-64.

Temperature dependence of water content of stratum corneum.


The water content of human stratum corneum has been measured gravimetrically in vitro in relation to relative humidity (RH) and temperature. Water content increased with increasing RH. Stratum corneum water content increased 50% when the temperature was raised from 20 to 35 degrees C at RH below 60%. Temperature dependence decreased with increasing RH until there was essentially no temperature dependence at 90% RH. The conclusion is that temperature changes could significantly affect water content in vivo and pliability of skin at RH below 60%.

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