Isabel Filipa Almeida

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Bacterial cellulose (BC) is a highly pure form of cellulose, produced in the form of a swollen membrane by several bacteria that demonstrated to be able to modulate the skin release of model drugs. In the present study, the skin irritation potential of BC was evaluated in human subjects. BC membranes with and without glycerin (acting as plasticizer) were(More)
Topical application of natural antioxidants has proven to be effective in protecting the skin against ultraviolet-mediated oxidative damage and provides a straightforward way to strengthen the endogenous protection system. However, natural products can provoke skin adverse effects, such as allergic and irritant contact dermatitis. Skin irritation potential(More)
Toxic effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on skin include protein and lipid oxidation, and DNA damage. The latter is known to play a major role in photocarcinogenesis and photoaging. Many plant extracts and natural compounds are emerging as photoprotective agents. Castanea sativa leaf extract is able to scavenge several reactive species that have been(More)
A growing body of evidence suggests that free radicals are generated by UV irradiation being responsible for skin injury. In this regard, the topical use of formulations composed of plant extracts with antioxidant activity could represent a useful strategy for the prevention of photoaging and oxidative-stress-mediated diseases. The aim of this study was to(More)
The aim of this study was to obtain new vehicles for topical formulations based on the mixture of hydrogels (aqueous systems) with oleogels (lipophilic systems). Several formulations were prepared using different oleogels mixed with polyacrylic acid hydrogel without addition of other ingredients. The moisturizing effect of the bigels was assessed along with(More)
Biocellulose (BC) is a highly pure form of cellulose, produced in the form of a swollen membrane, with several applications in the biomedical area. In this study, the behavior of BC membranes as systems for topical delivery of lidocaine was evaluated. The BC-lidocaine membranes were prepared and characterized in terms of structural and morphological(More)
Bacterial cellulose (BC) is a biomaterial with unique physical and mechanical properties that triggered considerable interest, but there are few studies addressing the use of such membranes for drug loading and controlled release. This study aimed to investigate the applicability of BC membranes in topical or transdermal drug delivery systems. To assess its(More)
The aim of this study was to test the injectability of a bone filler system based on the combination of ceramic microspheres with a gel-like vehicle, for noninvasive surgery. Porous hydroxyapatite microspheres with a uniform size and an average diameter of 535 +/- 38 mum were prepared, and their compression strength and friability were tested. The(More)
Avobenzone is one of the most common UVA-filters in sunscreens, and is known to be photounstable. Some of the strategies used to stabilize this filter present some drawbacks like photosensitization reactions. Antioxidants are widely used as cosmetic ingredients that prevent photoageing and complement the photoprotection offered by the UV-filters preventing(More)
A polymeric solution and a reinforcement phase can work as an injectable material to fill up bone defects. However, the properties of the solution should be suitable to enable the transport of that extra phase. Additionally, the use of biocompatible materials is a requirement for tissue regeneration. Thus, we intended to optimize a biocompatible polymeric(More)