Infrared fiberoptic evanescent wave spectroscopy for the study of diffusion in the human skin

Y. Raichlin, I. Goldberg, S. Brenner, E. Shulzinger, A. Katzir

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Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic systems make use of Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) elements for the study of skin in dermatology. FTIR - ATR allows real time and reagent-less analysis of several components, simultaneously. The potential for skin studies is increased by the development of the flexible fiber optic sensor made from infrared transparent polycrystalline silver halide (AgClxBr1-x). Segments of fibers can replace the ATR sensing elements inside an FTIR system. Moreover a Fiberoptic Evanescent Wave Spectroscopy (FEWS) can also be used for real time in vivo measurement on skin, in situ. We used FEWS to study the diffusion of UV sunscreen lotions from the outer skin layer into the dermis and epidermis, and used the various absorption bands to differentiate between the behavior of the organic and the water molecules in the lotion. FEWS can be a powerful tool for studying the transport of drugs and cosmetic creams through the skin from the stratum corneum to the dermis and epidermisand for studying the lateral diffusion of various molecules into the skin, in vivo and in real time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002


  • ATR-FTIR spectroscopy
  • Dermatology
  • Diffusion
  • IR-fibers
  • Skin


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