• General Dermatology
  • Eczema
  • Alopecia
  • Aesthetics
  • Vitiligo
  • COVID-19
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Precision Medicine and Biologics
  • Rare Disease
  • Wound Care
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Melasma
  • NP and PA
  • Skin Cancer
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Drug Watch
  • Pigmentary Disorders
  • Acne
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Practice Management

What are the goals of a cosmeceutical?

Article

In the skin care industry, a successful cosmeceutical is designed to deliver three benefits.

Patients sometimes feel that cosmeceuticals are magic substances that make old skin look like young skin. In the skin care industry, a successful cosmeceutical is designed to deliver these three benefits:

  • Make the skin feel smooth and soft

  • Reduce transepidermal water loss thereby creating an environment for barrier repair

  • Provide an added skin benefit through a novel ingredient technology

The first benefit of making the skin feel smooth and soft is an aesthetic, not functional, benefit.

The second benefit is better known as moisturization and represents a functional benefit.

The third benefit may or may not be hype based on the technology employed.

Thus, cosmeceuticals, which are classified by the FDA as cosmetics, are moisturizers with excellent aesthetics and an advertised ingredient. Since the cosmeceutical marketplace is crowded, cosmeceuticals are differentiated based on their advertised ingredient, which is the least important aspect of their formulation.

Recent Videos
Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH, an expert on vitiligo
Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH, an expert on vitiligo
Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH, an expert on vitiligo
Elizabeth Kiracofe, MD, FAAD, and Jenny Murase, MD, experts on atopic dermatitis
Elizabeth Kiracofe, MD, FAAD, and Jenny Murase, MD, experts on atopic dermatitis
This series features 1 KOL.
This series features 1 KOL.
4 KOLs are featured on this panel.
4 KOLs are featured on this panel.
Latanya Benjamin, MD, FAAD, FAAP, an expert on vitiligo
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.