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J Drugs Dermatol. 2008 Feb;7(2 Suppl):s17-22.

Cosmeceuticals for the attenuation of extrinsic and intrinsic dermal aging.

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  • 1Suzanne Bruce and Associates, PA, USA.


Since the term "cosmeceutical" was coined over 2 decades ago, the number of products in this category that claim to combat dermal aging has grown dramatically. Topical retinoids remain the mainstay for treating photoaging given their proven efficacy in both clinical and histologic outcomes. In addition to retinoids, many other cosmeceutical agents are now available. The proliferation of products can cause confusion among consumers, who often ask their dermatologist for advice as to which antiaging products they should choose. Ideally, the antiaging claims of cosmeceutical formulations and their components should be demonstrated in controlled clinical trials. In order to provide appropriate recommendations to their patients, dermatologists must become familiar with the available data on currently marketed products and gain experience with antiaging regimens. This review discusses the efficacy of a number of currently marketed drug products with proven photoaging benefits and cosmeceutical products that claim similar benefits. Among the agents discussed are single-entity and combination products containing hydroquinones, retinoids, topical antioxidants, and minerals.

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