Cubic Phases, Cubosomes and Ethosomes for Cutaneous Application

Author(s): Elisabetta Esposito, Markus Drechsler, Claudio Nastruzzi, Rita Cortesi

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 22 , Issue 35 , 2016

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Cutaneous administration represents a good strategy to treat skin diseases, avoiding side effects related to systemic administration. Apart from conventional therapy, based on the use of semi-solid formulation such as gel, ointments and creams, recently the use of specialized delivery systems based on lipid has been taken hold. This review provides an overview about the use of cubic phases, cubosomes and ethosomes, as lipid systems recently proposed to treat skin pathologies. In addition in the final part of the review cubic phases, cubosomes and ethosomes are compared to solid lipid nanoparticles and lecithin organogel with respect to their potential as delivery systems for cutaneous application. It has been reported that lipid nanosystems are able to dissolve and deliver active molecules in a controlled fashion, thereby improving their bioavailability and reducing side-effects. Particularly lipid matrixes are characterized by skin affinity and biocompatibility allowing their application on skin. Indeed, after cutaneous administration, the lipid matrix of cubic phases and cubosomes coalesces with the lipids of the stratum comeum and leads to the formation of a lipid depot from which the drug associated to the nanosystem can be released in the deeper skin strata in a controlled manner. Ethosomes are characterized by a malleable structure that promotes their interaction with skin, improving their potential as skin delivery systems with respect to liposomes. Also in the case of solid lipid nanoparticles it has been suggested a deep interaction between lipid matrix and skin strata that endorses sustained and prolonged drug release. Concerning lecithin organogel, the peculiar structure of this system, where lecithin exerts a penetration enhancer role, allows a deep interaction with skin strata, promoting the transdermal absorption of the encapsulated drugs.

Keywords: Skin, cutaneous application, cubic phase, cubosome. liposome, ethosome, solid lipid nanoparticle, nanostructured lipid carriers.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 26 July, 2016
Page: [5382 - 5399]
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666160726123227
Price: $65

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