The Critical Role of Stearic Acid
In a randomized, double-blind, controlled-application cleansing study, 25 participants were tested over a 1-day period using a single application of up to 20 strips. Contents from tape applications were analyzed after a controlled-application wash to determine stearic acid and triglyceride levels in the SC.
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