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. 2017 Sep;42(17):3350-3355.
doi: 10.19540/j.cnki.cjcmm.20170719.001.

[Effects of Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil on Transdermal Absorption of Ferulic Acid in Chuanxiong]

[Article in Chinese]
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[Effects of Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil on Transdermal Absorption of Ferulic Acid in Chuanxiong]

[Article in Chinese]
Yong-Mei Guan et al. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. .

Abstract

The aim of this paper was to explore the effects of Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil on transdermal absorption, and investigate the mechanism of permeation on the microstructure and molecular structure of stratum corneum. Through the determination of stratum corneum/medium partition coefficient of ferulicacid in Chuanxiong influenced by Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil, the effects of volatile oil of frankincense and Myrrh on the the microscopic and molecular structure of stratum corneum were explored by observation of skin stratum corneum structure under scanning electron microscopy, and investigation of frankincense and myrrh essential oil effects on the molecular structure of keratin and lipids in stratum corneum under Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that the oil could enhance the distribution of ferulic acid in the stratum corneum and medium, and to a certain extent damaged the imbricate structure of stratum corneum which was originally regularly, neatly, and closely arranged; some epidermal scales turned upward, with local peeling phenomenon. In addition, frankincense and myrrh essential oil caused the relative displacement of CH2 stretching vibration peak of stratum corneum lipids and amide stretching vibration peak of stratum corneum keratin, indicating that frankincense and myrrh essential oil may change the conformation of lipid and keratin in the stratum corneum, increase the bilayer liquidity of the stratum corneum lipid, and change the orderly and compact structure to increase the skin permeability and reduce the effect of barrier function. It can be concluded that Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil can promote the permeation effect by increasing the distribution of drugs in the stratum corneum and changing the structure of the stratum corneum.

Keywords: Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil; penetration mechanism; stratum corneum microstructure; traditional Chinese medicine essential oil; transdermal delivery system.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors of this article and the planning committee members and staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

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