TOPICAL PEPTIDES AS COSMECEUTICALS
D. T. Krishna Sinjitha* and Dr. K.V. Ratnamaala
Peptides are involved in many physiological processes including defense, immunity, stress, growth, homeostasis and reproduction. Their broad acceptance as natural molecules, relatively high stability and well defined actions make them attractive for many skin related indications most notably anti aging therapy, pigmentation therapy, innate immunity and inflammation. The latest application of peptides is their usage as cosmeceuticals. Use of penetration enhancers, chemical modification or encapsulation of peptides may enhance the transdermal delivery of peptides. The review describes the peptides that are most commonly used in cosmeceutical industry and discusses their advantages and use in dermatology.
Keywords: homeostasis, penetration enhancers, encapsulation, cosmeceuticals and transdermal delivery.
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