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There's a lot of buzz in the skin care industry these days about 'topical actives'.

Many marketers will try to sensationalize the idea of a topical active, attributing a myriad of benefits to it. From a pharmaceutical perspective, active ingredients (topical or otherwise) are simply the ones that deliver some sort of pharmacological effect to skin. When related to skin care preparations in the US, the FDA approves active ingredients based on research and clinical studies. Though many companies make unsupported claims regarding active ingredients, they are in fact required to adhere to the FDA's regulations regarding them.

When ascertaining whether an active ingredient in a skin care product will benefit your skin, keep in mind the following:

1. Are the active ingredients available in sufficient concentration to deliver benefits?
2. Are the active ingredients in a formulation that will allow them to maintain their stability over time? (will the product degrade quickly?)
3. Can the active ingredients penetrate the skin sufficiently to deliver benefits?
4. Are the active ingredients compatible with the inactive ones? Are all the active ingredients compatible with one another?
5. o the active ingredients carry side effects?

Active ingredients include a long list such as sun filters ([Link Removed] 

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin store at [Link Removed] 

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