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Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions
AbstractMicroemulsions are fluid and isotropic formulations that have been widely studied as delivery systems for a variety of routes, including the skin. In spite of what the name suggests, microemulsions are nanocarriers, and their use as topical delivery systems derives from their multiple advantages compared to other dermatological formulations, such as ease of preparation, thermodynamic stability and penetration-enhancing properties. Composition, charge and internal structure have been reported as determinant factors for the modulation of drug release and cutaneous and transdermal transport. This manuscript aims at reviewing how these and other characteristics affect delivery and make microemulsions appealing for topical and transdermal administration, as well as how they can be modulated during the formulation design to improve the potential and efficacy of the final system.
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Lopes, L.B. Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions. Pharmaceutics 2014, 6, 52-77.View more citation formats
Lopes LB. Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions. Pharmaceutics. 2014; 6(1):52-77.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lopes, Luciana B. 2014. "Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions." Pharmaceutics 6, no. 1: 52-77.