Dermatological Benefits of Cosmetics

K. Kikuchi, H. Tagami

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Although we dermatologists choose various topical drug therapies for the treatment of skin diseases, we know now that there are many quite effective cosmetic agents to treat mildly diseased skin conditions. Particularly we recommend the employment of effective skin care products for preventing the development of atopic dermatitis from xerotic infantile skin or that of nummular eczema from senile xerosis. We also utilize sunscreen products together with physical protection such as hats and long-sleeved shirts for the prevention of photoaging such as facial skin spots and wrinkles as well as various skin tumors that are caused by prolonged past sun exposure. Moreover, we suggest not only the use of retinol or retinoic acid products for the treatment of acne in young people but also for facial wrinkles due to photoaging. Makeup products are utilized to camouflage mottled pigmentation and telangiectasia caused by photoaging and skin disorders whose symptom are mainly color changes such as birthmarks, vitiligo, and scars. Camouflaging lesional skin is helpful for improving the quality of life of patients. Recently, minoxidil has been employed for the prevention as well as for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Antiperspirant and deodorant agents are also utilized to keep the skin clean and fragrant. Many cosmetics are employed together with pharmaceutical products in dermatology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCosmetic Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Principles and Applications
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128020548
ISBN (Print)9780128020050
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 28


  • Acne cosmetics
  • Antiaging agents
  • Antiperspirant
  • Antiwrinkle agents
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Dermatological therapy
  • Hair-growth agents
  • Makeup products
  • Quality of life (QOL)
  • Skin care product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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