Cosmeceuticals for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris

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Acne vulgaris is a disease of the pilosebacous unit that commonly occurs in adolescents, but can continue into adulthood in some patients. Clinically, patients develop comedones, papules, pustules, and nodules of varying severity on the face and trunk. The pathogenesis of acne is multifactorial, due to a combination of follicular epidermal hyperproliferation, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) growth, sebum production, and inflammation. Natural remedies have been used for centuries to treat various skin ailments, and many natural ingredients are now being incorporated into mainstream cosmeceutical products. The efficacy of many of these ingredients has been evaluated in clinical trials, and their mechanisms of action are being studied. This chapter summarizes a list of cosmeceutical agents that have been studied for the treatment of acne vulgaris. These agents include: ascorbic acid, zinc, niacinamide, tea tree oil, green tea, resveratrol, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Practice
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781118384824
ISBN (Print)9781118384831
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2013


  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alpha hydroxy acids
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Cosmeceuticals
  • Green tea
  • Niacinamide
  • Resveratrol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Tea tree oil


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