Evaluation of dermatological effects of cosmetic formulations containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract and vitamins

Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Nov;46(11):3493-500. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2008.08.028. Epub 2008 Sep 2.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract (SCE) is used in cosmetics since it can act in oxidative stress and improve skin conditions. This study investigated dermatological effects of cosmetic formulations containing SCE and/or vitamins A, C and E. The formulation studied was supplemented or not (F1: vehicle) with vitamins A, C and E esters (F2) or with SCE (F3) or with the combination of vitamins and SCE (F4). Formulations were patch tested on back skin of volunteers. For efficacy studies, formulations were applied on volunteers and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), skin moisture (SM), skin microrelief (SMR) and free radicals protection were analysed after 3h, 15 and 30 days of application. Volunteers were also asked about efficacy perception. It was observed that F4 provoked a slight erythema in one volunteer. All formulations enhanced forearm SM. Only F3 and F4 presented long term effects on SMR and showed higher texture values; F3 had the highest brightness values. Our results suggest that vitamins and SCE showed effects in SM and SMR. Only formulations containing SC had long term effects in the improvement of SMR. Thus, these kinds of evaluations are very important in cosmetics development to evaluate the best risk and benefit correlation.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adult
  • Ascorbic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Ascorbic Acid / pharmacology
  • Body Water / metabolism*
  • Cosmetics / administration & dosage
  • Cosmetics / chemistry
  • Cosmetics / pharmacology*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Combinations
  • Face
  • Female
  • Forearm
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / chemistry*
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / metabolism
  • Time Factors
  • Vitamin A / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin A / pharmacology
  • Vitamin E / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin E / pharmacology
  • Vitamins / administration & dosage
  • Vitamins / pharmacology*


  • Cosmetics
  • Drug Combinations
  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Ascorbic Acid