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Development of green-friendly cosmetics with bactericidal and healing effects for anti-acne application


Despite the great advances made by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry in recent years, undesirable aesthetic effects caused by acne are far from being solved. The proof of this is that the sector is growing steadily, driven mainly by a new consumer profile. Although there are a great number of cosmetic products with anti-acne action available in the market, there is in this sector a constant search for materials able to kill bacteria that cause acne and to promote skin healing without bringing risks to the environment or to the final consumer. Therefore, the use of green-friendly additives became an important factor in new cosmetic developments. In this context, VETRA, a spin-off originated from CeRTEV (one of CEPID projects from FAPESP) presents different solutions not only to the medical market, but also dental, veterinary and cosmeceutical through the provision of an innovative bioactive glass patented worldwide, the F18.The bioglass F18 has marked bactericidal effect when in contact with aqueous medium, such as blood, saliva or sweat. Moreover, this glass releases specific ions that stimulate skin regeneration. Being a material composed of chemical elements already present in the human body, is non-toxic and presents no risk to the environment, and does not generate allergies or side effects. These properties are highly desirable in cosmetics aimed to eliminate acne and make this new biomaterial an excellent candidate as an additive of high performance in cosmetic formulations. Therefore, this project aims to study the incorporation of F18 bioglass in cosmetic formulations, as well as preliminary evaluate its efficacy in an anti-acne treatment and in skin healing. This is a technological project of great relevance. From it, the VETRA will be able to offer bioactive and innovative cosmetic products, which intend to eliminate bacteria and provide tissue regeneration. (AU)

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