• Zoe Diana Draelos


  • Cosmeceuticals represent functional cosmetics and skincare products.

  • The cutaneous effect of a cosmeceutical is the combined action of the moisturizing abilities of the vehicle combined with the intent of the active ingredients.

  • The most common antiaging effect of cosmeceuticals on the skin is to enhance barrier function and provide photoprotection.

  • Areas of research in cosmeceutical ingredients include substances intended to improve skin function by activating a receptor, altering an enzyme, functioning as a cellular messenger, acting as an antioxidant, or providing anti-inflammatory capabilities.

  • Cosmeceuticals are considered cosmetics and, because of their unregulated status, their manufacturers can only make appearance-related claims.


Stratum Corneum Azelaic Acid Kojic Acid Retinyl Palmitate Transepidermal Water Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoe Diana Draelos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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