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Bioactive Peptides: Applications and Relevance for Cosmeceuticals

Laboratório de Pesquisa, Tecnologia em Cosméticos, FATEC Diadema—Luigi Papaiz, 09931-390 Diadema, SP, Brazil
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Cosmetics 2018, 5(1), 21;
Received: 26 January 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
Peptides found in skin can act by different mechanisms of action, being able to function as epidermal or nervous growth factors or even as neurotransmitters. Due to the vast functionality of these compounds, there is growing research on bioactive peptides aimed at investigating their uses in products developed for stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis and improving skin healing. Thus, a literature search on applications of the most common bioactive peptides used in cosmeceuticals was carried out. There is a lack of proper reviews concerning this topic in scientific literature. Nine peptides with specific actions on body and facial dysfunctions were described. It could be noted while searching scientific literature that studies aimed at investigating peptides which prevent aging of the skin are overrepresented. This makes searching for peptides designed for treating other skin dysfunctions more difficult. The use of biomimetic peptides in cosmetic formulations aimed at attenuating or preventing different types of skin dysfunctions is a topic where information is still lackluster. Even though research on these compounds is relatively common, there is still a need for more studies concerning their practical uses so their mechanisms of action can be fully elucidated, as they tend to be quite complex. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioactive peptides; growth factor; neuropeptides bioactive peptides; growth factor; neuropeptides
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Lima, T.N.; Pedriali Moraes, C.A. Bioactive Peptides: Applications and Relevance for Cosmeceuticals. Cosmetics 2018, 5, 21.

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