Skin Benefits with a Novel Emollient-Treated Menstrual Pad
M.A. Farage, K.W. Miller, C. E. Azuka, B. Wang, S. Lankhof, D. Henn, A. Messerschmidt, A. Goldhammer, Klaus-P. Wilhelm and H.I. Maibach
Affiliation: Feminine Clinical Sciences, Winton Hill Business Center, 6110 Center Hill Road Box 136, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH USA 45232, USA.
Keywords: Emollient, menstrual pad, skin moisturization, BTK, FCAT, skin capacitance, skin friction testing, novel absorbent, erythema scores, physiological saline
Manufacturers of consumer products consistently seek to improve marketed products in terms of both safety
and efficacy. The desire for continued improvement is seen even in well-established products such as catamenial products
which have existed in some form for thousands of years. A recent innovation in the design of menstrual pads is the addition
of a surface finish of emollient for the purpose of increasing comfort during wear. The present paper presents different
evaluations of such an emollient-treated menstrual pad with a novel absorbent core. These investigations demonstrated
product tolerability, defined the optimal formulation and concentration of the emollient-containing finish, and demonstrated
successful transfer of the emollient to the relevant skin surface. In addition, enhancement of skin moisturization,
associated with exposure to the emollient-treated pad, was demonstrated by several technologies: assessment of skin moisturization
by Corneometer®, skin friction testing, and skin capacitance.
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