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The aim of this study was to determine differences in the functional properties of the stratum corneum of children and adults, focusing on the influence of approaching puberty. Biophysical measurements were made of the stratum corneum of 32 healthy Japanese children aged 10-14 years and their mothers in summer and the following winter. The children showed significantly lower skin surface hydration. Stratum corneum barrier function, evaluated in terms of trans-epidermal water loss, was poorer ondoi:10.2340/00015555-0548 pmid:19197537 fatcat:ye3sxllhsfgtloomlq3kts4744