The Use of Cosmeceuticals in Acne: Help or Hoax?

Brittany S. Barros, Andrea L. Zaenglein

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Abstract

The use of cosmeceuticals by patients with acne is common; however, their role is unclear and confusing, with many asking, “Do they really help acne?” Cosmeceuticals are intermediate products between prescription medications and cosmetics, available to consumers over the counter. These products are popular and may be used without the direct supervision of a dermatologist, creating a practice gap in educating patients. Herein, a variety of cosmeceuticals are discussed, including retinoids, niacinamide, and glycolic acid. The evidence for and against cosmeceutical use in patients with acne is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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