Dermal Absorption

Published: | Updated: October 21, 2018

Definition - What does Dermal Absorption mean?

Dermal absorption is a process by which the skin, or other organs of the body, takes in liquid or gas in the form of atom, molecule or ion through its pores (hair follicles or glands) or spaces between cells and membranes. Dermal absorption is a route of exposure to toxic or harmful substances.

Safeopedia explains Dermal Absorption

Absorption (dermal) can occur during day to day life in the home, at workplaces, in surrounding environments or due to the use of consumer and pharmaceutical products. Chemicals used in the workplace may cause harm to our body, and even be life threatening when they penetrate through the skin and enter the bloodstream.

The rate of absorption through the skin is subject to the concentration of the substance, period of exposure, properties of the substance, skin type and skin condition (broken or intact), etc.. Most exposures occur by direct contact with the skin.

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