Porcine Skin

Testing Material

Porcine skin is remarkably comparable to human skin. The histological and biochemical properties of porcine skin have been repeatedly shown to be similar to human skin.1-5 The vascular anatomy and collagen fiber arrangement in the dermis, as well as the contents of the stratum corneum glycosphingolipids and ceramides are similar in man and in the domestic pig. Studies examining thickness of various skin layers have shown the stratum corneum thickness in pigs is 21–26 µm which is comparable to human skin.6 The follicular structure of pig skin also resembles that of humans, with hairs and infundibula extending deeply into the dermis. In agreement with published data, pig skin appeared as the most suitable model for human skin.7

Porcine dermis has been used as an in-vitro test substrate to simulate human skin for:

  • Hypodermic needle, syringe and cannula sharpness & puncture testing
  • Surgical knife/blade sharpness testing
  • Transdermal drug delivery & percutaneous absorption/permeation testing
  • Soft tissue surgical adhesive & sealant testing
    • ASTM 2255-05 Standard Test Method for Strength Properties of Tissue Adhesives in Lap-Shear by Tension Loading
    • ASTM F2256-05 Standard Test Method for Strength Properties of Tissue Adhesives in T-Peel by Tension Loading
    • ASTM F2458-05 Standard Test Method for Wound Closure Strength of Tissue Adhesives and Sealants
    • ASTM F2258-05 Standard Test Method for Strength Properties of Tissue Adhesives in Tension



  • Non-sterile, frozen porcine skin tissue
  • Split thickness (epidermal and dermal surfaces)
  • 20cm x 20cm sheets, individually wrapped
  • Consistent thickness (1.524mm +/- .254mm)
  • Anatomically close to human skin
  • Readily available
  • Economical
  • Stored in standard freezer (less than 14ºF to -13ºF)
  • Shaved, white skin only
  • Non-perforated
  • Includes notch to indicate orientation of the skin
  • Widely used in medical device manufacturing for over 20 years


  • Catalog No: I-188
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  1. G.M. Gray, H.J. Yardley, Lipid compositions of cells isolated from pig, human and rat epidermis, J. Lipid Res. 16 (1975) 434-440.
  2. U. Jacobi, M. Kaiser, R. Toll, S. Mangelsdorf, H. Audring, M. Otberg, W. Sterry, Lademann Porcine ear skin: an in vitro model for human skin, Skin Res. Technol. 131 (2007) 19-24.
  3. I.P. Dick, R.C. Scott, Pig ear skin as an in-vitro model for human skin permeability, J. Pharm Pharmacology. 44 (1992) 640-645.
  4. F. Muhammad, J.D. Brooks, J.E. Riviere, Comparative mixture effects of JP-8(100) additivies on the dermal absorption and disposition of jet fuel hydrocarbons in different membrane models systems, Toxicol. Lett, 150 (2004) 351-365.
  5. R.C.Wester, J. Melendres, L. Sedik, H. Mailbach, J.E. Riviere, Percutaneous absorption of salicylic acid, theophylline, 2, 4-dimethylamine, diethyl hexyl phthalic acid, and p-aminobenzoic acid in the isolated perfused porcine skin flap compared to man in vivo, Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 151 (1998) 159-165.
  6. B. Godin, E. Touitou, Transdermal Skin Delivery: Predictions for humans from in vivo, ex vivo and animal models, Adv. Drug Deliv. Rev. (2007), doi: 10.1016/j.addr.200707.004
  7. F.P. Schmook, J.G. Meingassner, A. Billich, Comparison of human skin or epidermis models with human and animal skin in in-vitro percutaneous absorption, Intl. J. Pharmaceutics 215 (2001) 51 – 56