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3rd Edition

Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics

ISBN 9781482214161
Published September 18, 2015 by CRC Press
472 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics discusses the science of nearly two dozen cosmeceuticals used today. This third edition provides ample evidence on specific cosmeceutical substances, their classes of use, skin conditions for which they are used, and points of interest arising from other considerations, such as toxicology and manufacturing. The book discusses both cosmetic and therapeutic uses of cosmeceuticals for various conditions including rosacea, dry skin, alopecia, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, purpura, and vitiligo.

Active ingredients in the following products are discussed: caffeine, curcumin, green tea, Rhodiola rosea, milk thistle, and more. Also covered are topical peptides and proteins, amino acids and derivatives, antioxidants, vitamins E and C, niacinamide, botanical extracts, and biomarine actives. Providing ample scientific references, this book is an excellent guide to understanding the science behind the use of cosmeceuticals to treat a variety of dermatological conditions.

Table of Contents

Bakuchiol: A Retinol-Like Functional Compound, Modulating Multiple Retinol and Non-Retinol Targets. Cutaneous Applications of Caffeine. Curcumin in Cosmetics: Biochemical Basis for Skin Repair with Use of Topical Curcumin. The Cosmetic and Therapeutic Uses for Epicatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG). Ellagic Acid. Gamma-Linolenic Acid-Containing Vegetable Oils. Hexylresorcinol: Providing Skin Benefits by Modulating Multiple Molecular Targets. Hydroxyacids. Kinetin. Topical Resveratrol. Impact of Rhodiola rosea on Skin. Silymarin. Topical Niacinamide. Anti-Aging Topical Peptides and Proteins. Amino Acids and Derivatives. Antioxidants. Decorative Cosmetics. Hair Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals. Moisturizers: Treatment of Dry Skin Syndrome and Barrier Defects. Cosmeceutical Treatments of the Nail. Botanicals and Cosmeceuticals for Sun Protection. UV Care. Topical Vitamins E, C, and Ferulic Acid and Topical L-Selenomethionine. The Use of Cosmeceuticals in Rosacea. Cosmeceutical Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia. Eczema, Xerosis, and Cutaneous Barrier Repair. Melasma and Depigmentation Agents. The Use of Cosmeceuticals for Oily Skin, Seborrhea, and Seborrheic Dermatitis. Cosmeceutical Treatments for Purpura. Vitiligo (Repigmentation Agents). Botanical Extracts. Biomarine Actives. Analytical Chemistry of Botanical Extracts. Legal Distinction in the United States between a Cosmetic and a Drug.

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Edited by

Raja K. Sivamani, MD, assistant professor of clinical dermatology, University of California, Davis, USA

Jared R. Jagdeo, MD, MS, Department of Dermatology, University of California-Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California; and Department of Dermatology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Peter Elsner, MD, Department of Dermatology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany

Howard I. Maibach, MD, University of California School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, San Francisco, USA


"The editors have taken a subject about which I am passionate and the contents list makes fascinating reading. For readers interested in the specific ingredients covered, there is interesting material and some good references to follow-up for further study. In summary, this is an interesting read of a collection of writings, but not a full reference text."
Lorna Bowes, Director, Aesthetic Source, UK, PMFA News, July 2017

Praise for previous editions:

"An excellent treatise on cosmeceuticals, especially useful for the dermatologist and the dermatologic cosmetic surgeon."
International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology

"This easily readable book will … be printed over and over."
Journal of Applied Cosmetology