A new material could serve as a less obvious wound-dressing, protect skin, help deliver medication and sunscreen. But it could also fulfill more cosmetic roles, like helping reduce wrinkles and under-eye bags.
Researchers say this newly developed wearable silicon-based polymer material is breathable, elastic, invisible, moisturizing, and is both durable and removable. According to the developers, tests show that skin “wearing” this film is more elastic and appears to be visibly firmer and less wrinkled. The researchers have performed a series of small proof-of-concept human studies, applying the skin to areas under the eye, on the forearms, and legs of participants.The researchers have created a spin-off company to further develop the technology.
Betty Yu, Soo-Young Kang, Ariya Akthakul, Nithin Ramadurai, Morgan Pilkenton, Alpesh Patel, Amir Nashat, Daniel G. Anderson, Fernanda H. Sakamoto, Barbara A. Gilchrest, R. Rox Anderson & Robert Langer
Original paper published on May 9, 2016 in Nature Materials.
Associated news story from MIT News.