Characterization and Short-Term clinical study of clay facial mask

Maria Valéria Velasco, Vivian Zague, Michelli Dario, Deborah Nishikawa, Claudinéia Pinto, Mariana Mariana, Gustavo Henrique Trossini, Antonio Carlos Coelho, André Rolim


Clay mineral facial masks are used to treat some dermatological diseases, just for cleansing or reduce the amount of oil secreted by sebaceous glands. There are several types of clays, which vary in mineralogical and chemical composition, color and origin. However, the literature lacks studies involving clay facial masks, in particular regarding their influence on skin´s biomechanical properties. Thus, this work aimed to characterize colored clays and evaluate its influence on skin frmness and elasticity by a short-term clinical study. Different clays (named in this study magnesium aluminum silicate - MAS, white, pink and green) were chemically characterized, and facial mask formulations were prepared. The short-term clinical study was performed through the application of formulations on the skin. The skin frmness and elasticity were assessed before treatment and after mask removal. The statistical analysis showed no signifcant influence of time or formulations in those parameters, although volunteers reported the sensation of mechanical tension after the removal of the clay facial masks. Thus, the composition of the different clays did not affect the skin viscoelasticity behavior in the short-term clinical study, and a long-term use of this type of formulation must be indicated to observe all the expected benefts.



Caracterização e estudo clínico de curta duração de máscara facial argilosa

Máscaras faciais argilosas são utilizadas para tratar algumas doenças dermatológicas, apenas para a limpeza ou reduzir a quantidade de óleo secretado pelas glândulas sebáceas. Existem vários tipos de argilas, que variam em composição mineral, química, cor e origem. No entanto, a literatura carece de estudos envolvendo máscaras faciais argilosas, em particular em relação a sua influência nas propriedades biomecânicas da pele. Assim, este trabalho teve como objetivo caracterizar argilas coloridas e avaliar sua influência sobre a frmeza e elasticidade da pele por meio de um estudo clínico de curto prazo. Diferentes argilas (chamadas neste estudo de silicato de alumínio e magnésio - MAS, branca, rosa e verde) foram caracterizadas quimicamente, e formulações de máscaras faciais foram preparadas. O estudo clínico de curto prazo foi realizado por meio da aplicação das formulações na pele. A frmeza e elasticidade da pele foram avaliadas antes do tratamento e após a remoção da máscara. A análise estatística mostrou nenhuma influência signifcativa do tempo ou das formulações nesses parâmetros, embora os voluntários tenham reportado sensação de tensão mecânica, após a remoção das máscaras faciais argilosas. Assim, a composição das diferentes argilas não afetou o comportamento visco-elástico da pele no estudo clínico de curto prazo, e uma utilização de longa duração poderia ser indicada com a fnalidade de se observar todos os benefícios esperados.


clay; biomechanical properties; chemical characterization; facial mask; clinical study

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