Probiotic Skin Care Could Be Gutsy Move In US Regulatory Environment
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Findings that oral probiotics may not only benefit digestive health but also potentially alleviate inflammatory skin disorders are contentious but have driven uptake of probiotic ingredients by cosmetic players. Market opportunity is growing, but probiotic skin-care claims could be liabilities in the US where FDA increasingly has been citing statements about immunotherapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects in warning letters.
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