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Daily Routine in Cosmetic Dermatology

Part of the series Clinical Approaches and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology pp 1-22

Date: Latest Version

Cosmeceutical Ingredients: Botanical and Nonbotanical Sources

  • Renan LageAffiliated withService of Dermatology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas) Email author 
  • , Cínthia MendesAffiliated withService of Dermatology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas)
  • , Beatrice Martinez Zugaib AbdallaAffiliated withABD Foundation School of Medicine (FMABC)
  • , Jack ArbiserAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • , Adilson CostaAffiliated withJack Arbiser’s Laboratory, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine


Cosmeceuticals are considered to be all products containing biologically active substances and ingredients with beneficial effects on the skin, interfering positively on skin physiology, without therapeutic pretension, but may have preventive effects beyond beautification. Thirty-five percent of US dermatologists already include cosmeceuticals in their prescriptions, and since then cosmeceutical has represented constantly expanding group. In addition, it is certain that it is up to dermatologists to carefully evaluate each patient and the correct indication and need for the use of such substances. Although not individualized in a particular category, according to the American standards defined by the FDA, cosmeceuticals should always be evaluated to have checked their safety and efficacy profiles, since these are created with pharmacologically active substances that must respect certain pharmacokinetic principles, as they reach the deeper layers of the skin.


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