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Toxic Potential From Metals Absorbed Through the Skin

A review of literature suggests that metal compounds can be unsuspected allergens present in cosmetic products.

Cell Signaling in Psoriasis for Ingredient Evaluation and Product Design

In this paper, the authors focus on the dialogue between skin epithelial cells and immune cells in the context of an inflammatory situation, i.e., psoriasis. The aim is to design in vitro models relevant to in vivo skin inflammation that can then be used to screen and evaluate potential cosmetic products.

Baby Skin vs. Adult Skin Structure, Function and Composition

Research shows that baby skin is different than adult skin in terms of structure, biochemical composition and function, as the authors review here. The adaptation of these skin qualities continues during the first year of life and should be considered when designing baby skin care products.

Researchers Synthesize Baby's Vernix Caseosa for Treatment Cream

A protective cream developed by European researchers mimics the elements of newborn skin, providing parents of infants challenged by skin disorders with a new treatment option.

Researchers Uncover Breakthrough in Cold Sore Treatment

Scientists at Washington University, Pennsylvania State University and the Université de Montréal have uncovered a cellular process to fight type 1 herpes simplex (HSV-1), the virus responsible for cold sores.

Skin Cell Proliferation Controlled Via PPARβ/δ Protein

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, researchers reveal that skin fibroblasts use a protein called PPARβ/δ to control the proliferation of epithelial cells.

Scientists Examine Bryophytes to Understand Innate UV Protection

A study from Minnesota State University examined the effects of UV on bryophytes to understand the development of innate defenses against UV with the goal of understanding its impact on crops, ecological systems and humans.

Transfollicular Delivery: The (W)hole Story

Various routes of entry into the skin exist, both through the SC as well as eccrine and transfollicular shunt routes. While these shunt routes may comprise only 0.1% of the skin surface, some chemicals that cannot penetrate the SC have penetrated via these routes. As a consequence, transfollicular research is being revived.

Hormesis and Cosmetic Dermatology

This review examines hormetic effects of various agents on skin biology. Recognition of this emerging biological phenomenon in dermatology could lead to markedly improved integrative assessments of animal/human skin responses to toxic substances and pharmacological agents, as well as endogenous agonists.

Eye Area Problems: Puffiness, Bags, Dark Cicles and Crowsfeet

To develop active treatment products that address eye area problems, i.e., puffiness, bags, dark circles and crowsfeet, the cosmetic chemist must better understand the biology of the eye area, the effects of aging and chronic sun exposure and how to select ingredient that will provide stuitable benefit.

Fat-synthesizing Enzyme Found to Affect the Health of Skin and Hair

Showcasing that the health of the skin and body are truly intertwined, a recent study of a fat-synthesizing enzyme provides information on how the body processes and reacts to retinoic acid.

Beeswax Could Be Threatened by Bee Shortage

The decline in honeybees could be due to infections, lack of food, pesticides and breeding, but the consensus is that honeybees are in trouble.

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