Endogenous growth factors as cosmeceuticals

Dermatol Ther. 2007 Sep-Oct;20(5):350-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2007.00149.x.


Growth factors play an important role in reversing the effects of skin aging mediated by chronological and environmental factors. Excessive oxidation of intra- and extracellular components result in breakdown of collagen and elastin network in the dermis and produce the effect of facial aging. Topical application of human growth factors in multiple clinical studies has been shown to reduce the signs and symptoms of skin aging, including statically significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and increase in dermal collagen synthesis. More double-blind and controlled studies are needed to confirm the preliminary clinical effects of growth factor products, and more controls on product quality and stability need to be established.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cosmetics / pharmacology*
  • Endothelial Growth Factors / pharmacology*
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Aging / physiology
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antioxidants
  • Cosmetics
  • Endothelial Growth Factors