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Mar. Drugs 2013, 11(1), 146-164; doi:10.3390/md11010146

Beneficial Effects of Marine Algal Compounds in Cosmeceuticals

Marine Biochemistry Lab, Department of Chemistry, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737, Korea
Marine Bioprocess Research Center, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737, Korea
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Received: 18 September 2012 / Revised: 19 October 2012 / Accepted: 12 December 2012 / Published: 14 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Algae)
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The name “cosmeceuticals” is derived from “cosmetics and pharmaceuticals”, indicating that a specific product contains active ingredients. Marine algae have gained much importance in cosmeceutical product development due to their rich bioactive compounds. In the present review, marine algal compounds (phlorotannins, sulfated polysaccharides and tyrosinase inhibitors) have been discussed toward cosmeceutical application. In addition, atopic dermatitis and the possible role of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in skin-related diseases have been explored extensively for cosmeceutical products. The proper development of marine algae compounds will be helpful in cosmeceutical product development and in the development of the cosmeceutical industry.
Keywords: marine algae; sulfated polysaccharides; cosmeceuticals; phlorotannins; atopic dermatitis marine algae; sulfated polysaccharides; cosmeceuticals; phlorotannins; atopic dermatitis

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Thomas, N.V.; Kim, S.-K. Beneficial Effects of Marine Algal Compounds in Cosmeceuticals. Mar. Drugs 2013, 11, 146-164.

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