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Compass to Topical Antioxidants in Cosmeceuticals: Why, What, When, and How?

  • Authors: Patricia Farris, MD; Giuseppe Valacchi, PhD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 10/23/2020
  • Valid for credit through: 10/23/2021, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for dermatologists, plastic surgery and aesthetic specialists, primary care physicians, and nurses.

The goal of this activity is to improve the understanding of the mechanisms of oxidative stress in the skin and therapeutic approaches to minimize these effects.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Oxidative mechanisms in the skin
    • Clinical data associated with various classes of antioxidants
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Tailor topical antioxidants to patients to protect against oxidative stress


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  • Patricia Farris, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor
    Tulane University
    Private Practice at Sanova Dermatology
    Metairie, Louisiana


    Disclosure: Patricia Farris, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Cassiopea; CeraVe; La Roche Posay; SkinCeuticals; U.SK Under Skin
    Owns stock, stock options, or bonds from: Nutraceutical Wellness LLC; Co-Founder of RegimenMD

  • Giuseppe Valacchi, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Regenerative Medicine
    Department of Animal Science
    NC State University
    Kannapolis, North Carolina


    Disclosure: Giuseppe Valacchi, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


  • Briana Betz, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Briana Betz, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Renata Feldman, PharmD

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Renata Feldman, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Compass to Topical Antioxidants in Cosmeceuticals: Why, What, When, and How?

Authors: Patricia Farris, MD; Giuseppe Valacchi, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 10/23/2020

Valid for credit through: 10/23/2021, 11:59 PM EST



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