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Polymers 2018, 10(2), 213; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10020213

Cosmetics and Cosmeceutical Applications of Chitin, Chitosan and Their Derivatives

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Department of Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Faculty, Complutense University, Plaza de Ramón y Cajal, s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Bifunctional Studies Institute, Complutense University, Paseo Juan XXIII, 1, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 4 February 2018 / Revised: 20 February 2018 / Accepted: 20 February 2018 / Published: 22 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Chitin/Chitosan Characterization and Applications)
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Marine resources are well recognized for their biologically active substances with great potential applications in the cosmeceutical industry. Among the different compounds with a marine origin, chitin and its deacetylated derivative—chitosan—are of great interest to the cosmeceutical industry due to their unique biological and technological properties. In this review, we explore the different functional roles of chitosan as a skin care and hair care ingredient, as an oral hygiene agent and as a carrier for active compounds, among others. The importance of the physico-chemical properties of the polymer in its use in cosmetics are particularly highlighted. Moreover, we analyse the market perspectives of this polymer and the presence in the market of chitosan-based products. View Full-Text
Keywords: chitin; chitosan; chitosan derivative; chitin derivative; oral care; skin care; hear care; marine resources; over-the counter-drug; polymer carrier chitin; chitosan; chitosan derivative; chitin derivative; oral care; skin care; hear care; marine resources; over-the counter-drug; polymer carrier
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Aranaz, I.; Acosta, N.; Civera, C.; Elorza, B.; Mingo, J.; Castro, C.; Gandía, M.L.; Heras Caballero, A. Cosmetics and Cosmeceutical Applications of Chitin, Chitosan and Their Derivatives. Polymers 2018, 10, 213.

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