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SDPA Summer | Live Blog | Cosmeceuticals: Fact of Fiction

“Everyone is looking for that magic cream in a jar” stated Dr. Glynis Albon at the beginning of her lecture on cosmeceuticals during the pre-conference day of the SDPA’s Annual Summer Dermatology Conference in San Diego, California. While there are many effective agents out there, there is no one magic cream as of yet. The term cosmeceutical was coined by the co-inventor of Retin A, Dr. Kligman, as “a topical preparation sold as a cosmetic, but has performance characteristics that suggest pharmaceutical action”. Benefits of cosmeceuticals can include anti-aging, scar treatment, evening of skin pigmentation, moisturizing, and sun protection.

Dr. Albon stressed the importance of a holistic approach to the patient when considering cosmeceuticals in order to get the best possible result. She urges proper nutrition – focusing on fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, good fats, leafy greens and hydration. In addition, Dr. Albon discussed oral supplements she recommends and research behind these recommendations. Finally, she encourages her patients to exercise and reducing stress as key ingredients to healthy skin.

Dr. Albon also highlighted proper sun protection as the “#1 thing you can do” in defense of aging. She discussed types of sun protection agents – including physical blockers and sun protective clothing and the proper application of sunblock. Next, Dr. Albon gave a detailed explanation of the mechanism of action, proper application, and benefits of combination therapy utilizing retinoids, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.

When choosing a moisturizer, Dr. Albon discussed key ingredients to understand as well as how to use moisturizers without causing acne breakouts. For newer products, she discussed the use of enzyme technology particularly in a patient with a history of skin cancer or extensive sun damage. Lastly, OTC, office based dispensing, and prescription regimens were discussed for aging, acne, melasma and rosacea.


Byline: Sarah Patton, PA-C, MSHS

Posted: June 1, 2017

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