Quantitative research on skin pore widening using a stereoimage optical topometer and Sebutape®

Ho Youn Jo, Dong Soo Yu, Chil Hwan Oh

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Background/aims: The treatment of skin pore widening is concerned with cosmetics sciences, but an objective and quantitative measurement method of the severity of skin pore widening has not been developed. In this study, bioengineering methods were applied to evaluate skin pore widening. The results from bioengineering measurements were compared with clinical visual assessment. Methods: In order to quantify skin pore widening, three-dimensional data of skin pore were produced by a stereoimage optical topometer (SOT). The sizes of follicular infundibulum were measured quantitatively, with reserved sebum by Sebutape®. 50 female volunteers were divided into two groups. Group A was tested by the cosmetics including active ingredient and group B by placebo. The constricting effect of skin pores by cosmetics was measured for immediate effect and long-term effect. Results: In the immediate effect, there was no statistical difference between groups A and B in visual scoring. In SOT, the size of the skin pores of group A had changed after application of cosmetics but there were no changes in group B. In the long-term effect, there was no statistical difference between groups A and B in visual scoring. TA, TV, SA, and SV of skin pores of groups A and B were decreased in 3 and 6 months by SOT. In Sebutape® measurement, there was decreased volume of reserved sebum in groups A and B. The result of the Sebutape® study was similar to that of SOT. Conclusion: Evaluation of skin pore change by visual assessment is difficult, but bioengineering tools are more reliable and useful methods for the assessment of skin pore change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
JournalSkin Research and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1



  • Sebutape®
  • Skin pore
  • Stereoimage optical topometer (SOT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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