Cosmeceuticals: current trends and market analysis

Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2011 Sep;30(3):141-3. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2011.05.006.


The desire to maintain a youthful image combined with an emerging global market with disposable income has driven the development of many new industries. The cosmeceutical industry is based on the development and marketing of products that lie between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Today, there are over 400 suppliers and manufacturers of cosmeceutical products, and the industry is estimated to grow by 7.4% by 2012. Although a number of products advertise predictable outcomes, the industry is largely unregulated and any consumers of cosmeceutical products should consult a dermatologist prior to use. This review will provide a snapshot of the current trends of this industry and provide an analysis of this multi-billion dollar market.

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use
  • Commerce
  • Cosmetics / economics
  • Cosmetics / therapeutic use*
  • Dermatologic Agents / economics
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Skin Aging*
  • Skin Care
  • Tretinoin / therapeutic use


  • Antioxidants
  • Cosmetics
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Tretinoin