Special Issue "Cosmetics Contact Allergens"
A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: alternative methods; skin sensitization; essential oils; green ingredients; botanicals
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In the last decade, the number of non-animal approaches for skin sensitization risk assessment has risen dramatically. With the final adoption of tests for the activation of dendritic cells by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a combination of complementary techniques is now available to characterize three of the four main key events involved in skin sensitization. Along with the Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay and the ARE-Nrf2 luciferase test method, the OECD Test Guideline No. 442E is part of the ‘golden triad’ of validated alternatives. These guidelines are destined to remain a reference point for the 3R paradigm (reduce, replace and refine the use of animal experimentation) for years to come. With further methods at various validation stages and new approaches constantly emerging, it is an exciting moment for dermatotoxicological research. However, the safety testing of cosmetics still faces challenges, including potency assessment and the testing of complex mixtures, which includes essentially the entire cosmetic realm.
To complicate things further, increasing consumer demand for ‘natural’ formulations is driving the industry back to green. This driving force is partly related to the (potentially deceptive) association of ‘natural’ with safe and sustainable. Conversely, new scientific evidence and a combination of traditional wisdom with new technological advances have pushed botanicals back into the limelight as promising active ingredients. This return to nature poses major challenges to ensure consumer safety.
This Cosmetic Contact Allergens Special Issue aims to provide a collection of trending topics in the field of skin sensitization. Critical reviews and articles covering the state-of-the-art and future of alternative methods, industrial and regulatory perspectives will be the main focus of this special edition. Articles covering the applicability of computational, in chemico and in vitro methods, especially to complex formulations and botanicals, will be particularly welcomed.
Dr. Cristina Avonto
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cosmetics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- Alternative methods
- Skin sensitization
- Botanical ingredients