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Skin Capacitance Mapping of Eccrine Sweat Gland Activity during Pregnancy

Author(s): Claudine Piérard-Franchimont, Trinh Hermanns-Lê, and Gérald E. Piérard

Skin capacitance mapping is a real-time non-invasive method useful in the assessment of eccrine gland activity. We presently revisit and explore the sweat gland production in pregnant women. Sprouts of sweat vapour are progressively increased during pregnancy by recruiting increasing numbers of active sweat pores. An overall moisturization of the stratum corneum ensues in absence of increased liquid sweat production. These aspects are conveniently assessed using skin capacitance mapping. The sweat duct opening could represent an increased way for percutaneous penetration of some xenobiotics during pregnancy.

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