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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 267-272

Nanocarriers and nanoparticles for skin care and dermatological treatments


1 Department of Dermatology, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India
2 Department of Medicine, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India
3 Department of Dermatology, Pt. BDS PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Gupta
#B-2, MM Medical College Residential Campus, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.120635

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Nanotechnology (nano: One billionth) is a novel arena with promising applications in the field of medicine, especially pharmaceuticals for safe and targeted drug delivery. The skin is a phenomenal tool for investigation of nanocarriers for drug delivery for topical and dermatological application. The physicochemical characteristics of the nanoparticles, such as rigidity, hydrophobicity, size and charge are crucial to the skin permeation mechanism. Many nanocarriers such as polymeric, inorganic and lipid nanoparticles and nanoemulsions have been developed and some like carbon nanotubes and fullerenes still need further exploration for future use in skin care and dermatological treatments. Risks of nanopollution and cytotoxicity also need to be kept in mind while exploring various nanoparticles for medical use.


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