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Acta Vulnologica 2014 December;12(4):177-86


language: English, Italian

Evaluation of the efficacy of a preparation containing essential fatty acids and plant extracts in the prevention and treatment of dehydrated skin in diabetic patients

Federici A., Federici G.

Podiatrists, Rome, Italy


AIM: The goal of this observational clinical study was to evaluate the therapeutic effects of essential fatty acids and plant extracts in the prevention and treatment of dehydrated skin in diabetic patients.
METHODS: Twenty patients (55% women; mean age 65 years) were treated with a preparation made from essential fatty acids (EFA) and plant extracts of Aloe vera, Centella asiatica and Rosmarinus officinalis (Linovera® B. Braun) applied daily directly on the surface of the skin for 3 weeks. At the baseline visit and subsequent checks the specialist evaluated the Dryness Area Severity Index and the patient evaluated the Visual Analogue Scales (VAS) score, regarding the dryness and skin hydration. The VAS score was used by patients as a self-assessment of their dry skin at time 0 and the end of the assessment.
RESULTS: At the final examination, the evaluation of skin dryness by a specialist has grown from an estimated 50% of patients with moderate xerosis to a lack of dryness in 55% of the total number of patients. At the same time, 80% of the patients have reported a feeling of having a hydrated skin, compared to an initial datum of 60% of patients with dry skin.
CONCLUSION: Daily use of Linovera® showed a reduction in skin dryness and increased hydration sensation in the diabetic patients enrolled.

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