Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Cosmetics and Dermatology

Publishing date
01 Jun 2022
Submission deadline
14 Jan 2022

Lead Editor

1Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

2Medical University of Białystok, Białystok, Poland

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Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Cosmetics and Dermatology

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The field of dermatology is divided into two branches – medical and cosmetic. Both camps provide invaluable service as they help patients to improve the appearance of their skin while also ensuring that their skin is at optimum health. Cosmetic dermatology caters to patients looking to maintain their youthful appearance by reversing the signs of aging or wanting to make esthetic changes or improvements to their skin.

As society becomes increasingly high-tech, it continues to face an age-old dilemma in philosophy and science: the tension between “natural” and “artificial.” In cosmetics and dermatology, this conflict manifests in discussions of skincare products, their ingredients, and perceived benefits. The natural and organic beauty business is a billion-dollar business. There is a growing demand for more natural products that do not contain toxins. Recently, both clinical and bench research has begun to provide scientific validation for the use of certain botanical ingredients. Related findings regarding proposed biological mechanisms of action have translated into clinical practice. Several botanical compounds for dermatological and cosmetic applications have emerged. Many of these botanical sources offer biologically active components that require further in vitro and in vivo investigation to properly educate patients regarding over-the-counter products based on these ingredients.

The aim of this Special Issue is to publish high-quality manuscripts evaluating the potential of complementary and alternative therapies in cosmetics and dermatology. Emerging approaches incorporating natural bioactive compounds are also of interest. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses dealing with applications of herbal preparations in cosmetics and dermatology will also be welcomed.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Aging skin
  • Cellulite
  • Cosmeceuticals and cosmetic chemistry
  • Dermopharmacy
  • Hair conservation, restoration, and removal
  • Maintenance of healthy skin and nails
  • Photodamage and photoprotection
  • Pigmentation and skin rejuvenation
  • Rosacea and acne
  • Sebum, sweat, and fat
  • Sensitive skin
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