Roughly 25 years since Albert Kligman, MD introduced the term “cosmeceutical,” the category has never been officially recognized with a true, legal definition. Ironically, with so many various products on the market using so many different claims, this category of products remains largely unregulated.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows personal care products to be classified as a drug, cosmetic, or both (such as antidandruff shampoos or moisturizers with SPF). However the cosmeceutical formulations remain in the loophole. Although many trusted manufacturers have emerged in the cosmeceutical realm and a number of formulations have proven their clinical merit, the lack of official oversight leaves room for doubt, especially for those that make extraordinary claims. Very interesting read (click here) on various claims you may see on your personal care products and what they really mean!
But what is a Cosmeceutical and what does it really mean?