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Clin Dermatol. 2008 Nov-Dec;26(6):627-32. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2007.09.005.

The cosmeceutical realm.

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  • Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27262, USA. zdraelos@northstate.net


The cosmeceutical realm is composed of functional cosmetics designed to adorn face and body without changing the structure of the human form. Although this may seem confusing, indeed cosmeceuticals have never been well defined. Cosmeceuticals developed for facial application typically claim to induce more even skin tone, improve skin texture, increase skin radiance, decrease the appearance of skin wrinkling, and provide antiaging benefits. Nondrug active ingredients are usually incorporated into moisturizing vehicles designed to accomplish the aforementioned claims. There is no doubt that cosmeceuticals represent the most rapidly expanding frontier in dermatology.

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