Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 1184–1188 | Cite as

Gold for Facial Skin Care: Fact or Fiction?

  • Poramate Pitak-ArnnopEmail author
  • Alexander Hemprich
  • Kittipong Dhanuthai
  • Niels Christian Pausch
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

It is believed that anti-aging preparations or cosmeceuticals, as less-invasive, nonsurgical alternatives, can retard the aging effect of the skin [ 1]. Table  1 presents some common ingredients in cosmeceuticals. However, the therapeutic benefits of most products remain unsubstantiated [ 1]. A recent randomized controlled trial showed that a high-priced luxurious antiwrinkle cream (Chanel Ultra Correction Restructuring Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 10; Chanel, Paris, France) was no more effective than a regular, cheap moisturizer (ACO Facial Cream; ACO Hud AB, Apteekkituotteet, Finland) [ 2].
Table 1

Some common types of cosmeceutical ingredients



Mechanisms, effects, and relevant information

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)

Citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, pyruvic acid, tartaric acid

Improves skin texture and reduces signs of aging by promoting keratinocyte detachment (act as a chemoexfoliant), restoring hydration, and promoting collagen,...


Cosmeceutical ingredients Face mask Facial skin care Gold Systematic review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Poramate Pitak-Arnnop
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Alexander Hemprich
    • 1
  • Kittipong Dhanuthai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Niels Christian Pausch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral, Craniomaxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery, Scientific Unit for Clinical and Psychosocial Research, Evidence-Based Surgery, and Ethics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of MedicineUniversity Hospital of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Oral Pathology, Faculty of DentistryChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Klinik und Poliklinik für Mund-, Kiefer- und Plastische GesichtschirurgieUniversitätsklinikum Leipzig AöRLeipzigGermany

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