This session investigated the science surrounding topicals and orals for enhancing appearance. Topical skin care agents and possible complications were presented for a broad population, including skin of color. Innovations and market trends in topical anti-aging technologies and formulations for the face and body were also discussed. The session provided available data to aid the attendee in assessing the current state of cosmeceutical and nutraceutical science for implementation in clinical practice.

Zoe Diana Draelos, MD


Rational Selection of Nutraceutical Supplements for Your Patients
Skin is the first line of defense for protecting the body against external environmental assault. Nutrition is one of several factors required for the maintenance of overall skin health. An impaired nutritional status alters the structural integrity and biological function of skin, resulting in an abnormal skin barrier. Vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants and proteins are all important for skin health, nails, and hair. Vitamins must be consumed because they cannot be synthesized by the body (1). Vitamin A is necessary for skin health activity of gene transcription and immune function. Retinoic acid is a form of vitamin A regulating skin gene transcription by binding to nuclear retinoic acid receptors that is bound to DNA. There are 8 types of Vitamin B that are necessary for health. 100 grams of cooked salmon supplies all vitamin B derivatives except Folic Acid (Vitamin B9). There is no reliable data on Biotin (Vitamin B9). ½ cup of cooked spinach will supply necessary folic acid. Vitamin C is necessary for tissue repair via ...