A new study investigates the science behind the sensation of skin feeling tight after cleansing.
Researchers suspected that it involved a particular type of sensory receptor in the skin, known as mechanoreceptors, and used a combination of lab-based experiments, computer modeling, and human trial data to explore this theory.
They applied six different cleansers and nine different moisturizers to donor skin samples acquired from the cheek, forehead and abdomen and measured changes in the stratum corneum after application.
This change data was then plugged into a model of human skin, which would predict the signals that mechanoreceptorors would send to the brain.
Reinhold Dauskardt, one of the study’s authors, believes that the results could have real