Evaluation of a Novel Home Skin Care Platform

April 2015 | Volume 14 | Issue 4 | Original Article | 391 | Copyright © 2015

Hilary C. Reich MD,a Irmina Wallander BA,b Lacie Schulte BA,b Hilary Frickman BA,b
and Suzanne Flickenger BA,b Brian Zelickson MDb

aUniversity of Minnesota Dermatology Department, Minneapolis, MN; bZel Skin and Laser Specialists, Edina, MN

Abstract

The home beauty device market is rapidly growing, having more than tripled in the last four years. This study evaluates several specific attachment heads using a novel home skincare platform (HSP). By incorporating multiple treatment heads for cleansing, skin smoothing, and skin infusion, this device has the potential to address many potential treatment goals. The first subset of this study is a blinded, randomized split-face study evaluating the efficacy of the HSP device with a standard brush head for make-up removal and compares the HSP device to a currently marketed home cleansing device. The results show that the HSP cleansing head was comparable to the leading home skin cleansing device on the market. The HSP’s skin smoothing head showed statistically significant improvement in erythema and dryness over baseline levels with significant histologic changes including normalization of epidermal thickness in only 10 days of use. This is comparable to and exceeds many well-studied antiaging treatments after weeks and months of therapy. Finally, the infusion head demonstrated improvement in skin hydration over baseline levels.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2015;14(4):391-399.

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INTRODUCTION

The home beauty device market is rapidly growing, having more than tripled in the last four years.1 This market includes a variety of devices in several treatment categories, including cleansing, hair reduction or removal, acne therapy, and anti-aging. These devices can be further categorized by their specific energy output including spinning or oscillating, 2 light only, heat, heat and light, micro-current, abrasive or other. Mechanical home skin cleansing devices are popular and widely used for make-up removal as part of daily skin care. This study evaluates several specific attachment heads using a novel home skincare platform (HSP) (Figure 1). This device has the potential to address many of the above treatment goals, specifically cleansing, skin smoothing, and facilitating topical anti-aging or anti-acne therapies.

The first set of studies examines the effects of the HSP device using a unique cleansing brush head. While currently available home cleansing devices have a rotating or oscillating brush, the HSP uses a bi-planer parallel motion with the goal of achieving a greater amount of surface cleansing area. The first subset of this study is a blinded, randomized split-face study evaluating the efficacy of the HSP device with a standard brush head for make-up removal compared to a currently marketed home cleansing device. Patient subjective evaluations are compiled, as are data on aggravated use for safety. The second subset of studies will examine the clinical and histologic effects of a skin smoothing device head and the third subset of studies will examine the moisturizing effects of a skin infusion head on the effects of cutaneous moisturizer.

STUDY DESIGN

There are 5 arms to this study: Arm I: Comparison of Sonic Oscillating cleansing device4 (Clarisonic, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc., Redmond, WA) (SOCD) with normal brush head vs HSP device with nylon (standard) brush head. Arm II: Safety evaluation. Arm III: Comparison of HSP-Nylon brush and hand washing. Arm IV: Evaluation of HSP Skin Smoothing Head. Arm V: Evaluation of HSP Skin Infusion Head.

The study was completed at a single clinical site (Zel Skin and Laser Specialists, Edina, MN). Adult males and females ages 18-65 with Fitzpatrick Skin types I-IV3 were included in this

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