Natural Ingredients in Cosmetic Dermatology

June 2009 | Volume 8 | Issue 6 | Supplement Individual Articles | 61 | Copyright © June 2009

Leslie Baumann MD, Heather Woolery-Lloyd MD, Adam Friedman MD

This supplement to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology was supported by a medical education grant from Johnson & Johnson.

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. Botanical compounds for which dermatologic and cosmetic applications have emerged include: olive oil, chamomile, colloidal oatmeal, oat kernal extract, feverfew, acai berry, coffee berry, curcumin, green tea, pomegranate, licorice, paper mulberry, arbutin, and soy. Many of these botanical sources offer biologically active components that require further in vitro and in vivo investigation in order for us to properly educate ourselves, and our patients, regarding over-the-counter products based on these ingredients.