illustration of a woman looking to the side and downwardGlycolic Acid: Friend or Foe

by Rinat Khundoker

Glycolic acid is a common cosmetic ingredient, which is known for its properties as an exfoliative agent. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and keratolytic effects. Glycolic acid is most commonly used as the active ingredient in chemical peels to treat a variety of conditions including acne, acne scars, melasma, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, photoaging, and seborrhea. Numerous studies have been carried out with glycolic acid, demonstrating its efficacy in rejuvenating the skin.

illustration of a stem cell populationStem Cells: The Home Turf is What Matters?

by Ruby Ghadially and Gopinathan K. Menon

Stem cells have been the rage in life sciences for a while now. This topic has been provoking hope and eliciting moral outrage as well as spawning the birth of new research institutions, bioethical debates, and regulations. This field of science has been honored by a Nobel Prize and dishonored by outright scientific fraud. Love it or hate it, stem cell research cannot be ignored. Today, there are conferences and journals devoted entirely to the topic. The cosmetic industry, striving to keep abreast of scientific advances, has embraced the theme of stem cells—whether it be plant stem cells or logical approaches to impact skin stem cells.

illustration of a man and woman putting together a light bulbThe Cosmetic Chemist Crossword Puzzle Mania

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cubist art illustrationResearch Group in the Spotlight

Dr. Joke Bouwstra
Universiteit Leiden

Joke Bouwstra is responsible for skin research at Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). She has published more than 300 reviewed papers, more than 30 book chapters, and is co-inventor of 11 patents. Her main expertise is the barrier of healthy and diseased skin and the delivery of biologics into the skin.
















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