“COSMECEUTICALS”: AN OPINION IN THE DIRECTION OF PHARMACEUTICALS


Anu Radha, Vilashene Ganasan, Lalithambigai Joobi, Arunkumar S

Abstract


 

Cosmeceuticals are the latest addition to the health industry and are described as cosmetic products with drug-like activities. Cosmetics are products
that are used to cleanse and beautify the skin (Millikan, 2001). Pharmaceuticals are essentially drug products and are defined as products that prevent,
mitigate, treat or cure disease and/or affect the structure or function of the body (Vermeer and Gilchrest, 1996). Cosmeceuticals is a deliberate
portmanteau of these two terms and is intended to connote drug-like benefits from an otherwise cosmetic product. While the food, drug, and cosmetic
act does not recognize the term “cosmeceutical,” the cosmetic industry has begun to use this word to refer to cosmetic products that have drug-like
benefits. The term cosmeceutical was coined by Kilgman, but these lines of product became popular in 1996 and have an expanding market that has
rapidly reached Africa. Many scientists and health consumers in Africa may not be conversant with this line of products. They may, therefore, be underresearched
or over-utilized. In the cosmetic arena, many materials are used commercially. Cosmetic ingredients previously considered “inert” have
the potential to provide a biologic effect to the skin. In a cosmeceutical formulation, the boundary between an “active” and “inert” ingredient may be
obscured. There is most common names of the different ingredients used in cosmeceutical products such as antioxidants, the binding agent, emollients,
emulsions, humectants, lubricants, preservatives, solvents, surfactants, vehicle, etc. “Potential for cosmeceutical ingredients in the United States alone
is SI00 million and includes such products as skin peelers, wrinkle creams, emollients, hair growth stimulants, skin lighteners and darkeners, and
botanicals. The 75 million baby boomers are the major market for cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals claims are largely unsubstantiated and the term,
though misleading, has probably come to stay. The term and the target consumers appear flamboyant enough to with stand Government regulations.
In a free trade world, the benefits and adverse effects of cosmeceuticals are probably optimized by frequent review to inform the clinical and public
stake-holders of their uses and limitations. This comprehensive review attempts to briefly, expand the recent knowledge about cosmeceuticals.
Keywords: Cosmetics, Formulation/stability, Safety testing, Claim substantiation.


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Title

“COSMECEUTICALS”: AN OPINION IN THE DIRECTION OF PHARMACEUTICALS

Date

01-03-2015

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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Vol 8 Issue 2 (March - April) 2015 Page: 64-69

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0974-2441

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2455-3891

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Anu Radha
Aimst University
Malaysia

Vilashene Ganasan

Lalithambigai Joobi

Arunkumar S


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