Special Issue "Advances in Natural Products for Cutaneous Application"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Pharmacy and Formulation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 118

Special Issue Editors

Department of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Institute for Medicinal Plant Research "Dr. Josif Pancic", Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: phytopreparations; skin semi-solids; emulsions; nanoparticles; microparticles; biocompatible excipients; medicinal plants; phytochemistry
Department of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Institute for Medicinal Plant Research "Dr. Josif Pancic", Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: natural compounds; pharmacognosy; biological activity of components originated from plants; standardization of phytopharmaceuticals; development of delivery systems for topical application
Prof. Dr. Ivana Nešić
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia
Interests: pharmaceutical development and herbal drug characterization; development of dermocosmetic products; microencapsulation; nanoencapsulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to the journal Pharmaceutics for a Special Issue entitled “Advances in Natural Products for Cutaneous Application” with open access. Traditional usage of natural products for cutaneous application stretches back millennia. In recent years, there has been a growing consumer demand for natural products on the market both as cosmetic products and for the local treatment of different skin impairments. Therefore, the active ingredients of these products include natural bioactive compounds (NBCs), either as isolated substances or as mixtures in herbal preparations, such as extracts, fatty oils, essential oils, expressed juices, and processed exudates. In parallel, there is an evident increase in scientific interest in natural products for cutaneous application. The development of these products represents a research challenge, which is related to several of their specificities. Namely, aside from safety and efficacy demands, specific quality requirements should be satisfied if the active ingredient of the product for the treatment of skin disorders is herbal preparation. This is due to their compounded chemical composition, where, among other tests, identification and quantification of appropriate substances and their stability should be assessed. In addition, when the products are intended for application on the skin, aesthetical acceptability for users after usage is of great importance, and thus special attention should be paid to their satisfactory sensory characteristics. Finally, unfavorable physicochemical properties of certain natural compounds and/or herbal preparations may require specific formulation strategies aimed at improving their solubility/bioavailability.

With this Special Issue, we would like to provide readers with the latest trends in the development of natural products for dermal application with actives being NBCs, intended for the care of normal or treatment of impaired skin. Therefore, we are interested in articles related to the evaluation of such products in terms of physicochemical and/or biopharmaceutical characterization, stability, efficacy, and safety assessment, as well as investigations of their sensory (aesthetic and applicative) properties.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Topical Delivery Systems;
  • Nanoparticles and Nanotechnology;
  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Manufacturing;
  • Cosmetic products;
  • Dermal products.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Ana Žugić
Dr. Vanja Tadić
Prof. Dr. Ivana Nešić
Guest Editors

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  • natural bioactive compounds (NBCs)
  • herbal preparations
  • cosmeceuticals
  • systems for topical delivery
  • testing of skin performance
  • physico-chemical characterization/stability
  • analysis of texture
  • formulation development
  • release and permeation testing

Published Papers

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