Beneficial effects of marine algae-derived carbohydrates for skin health

Ji Hye Kim, Jae Eun Lee, Kyoung Heon Kim, Nam Joo Kang

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Marine algae are considered to be an abundant sources of bioactive compounds with cosmeceutical potential. Recently, a great deal of interest has focused on the health-promoting effects of marine bioactive compounds. Carbohydrates are the major and abundant constituent of marine algae and have been utilized in cosmetic formulations, as moisturizing and thickening agents for example. In addition, marine carbohydrates have been suggested as promising bioactive biomaterials for their various properties beneficial to skin, including antioxidant, anti-melanogenic and skin anti-aging properties. Therefore, marine algae carbohydrates have potential skin health benefits for value-added cosmeceutical applications. The present review focuses on the various biological capacities and potential skin health benefits of bioactive marine carbohydrates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number459
JournalMarine drugs
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 21

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  • Carbohydrates
  • Cosmeceuticals
  • Marine algae
  • Monosaccharides
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Skin health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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