Skin Care Advances: From Cosmeceuticals to Corneoceuticals

by | 28 January 2015

At dermaviduals, we like to solve problems, answer questions, and do everything we can to help our clients look radiant and always be informed. In this post, we’re answering the question:

What’s the difference between

cosmeceuticals and corneoceuticals?

dermaviduals Explains Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals is a marriage made in beauty heaven. It’s the fastest growing sector of the skin care industry with products that harness the positive attributes of both cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Botanical cosmeceuticals, a sub-set of cosmeceuticals, are natural vitamins and mineral extracts with medicinal properties.

Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are applied topically. Unlike traditional cosmetics, however, they contain pharmaceutical ingredients that impact the biological function of the skin.  They work to improve skin tone, texture,and appearance and diminish fine lines and wrinkles by delivering nutrients essential for healthy skin.

Popular cosmeceuticals include:

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Grape Skin Extract
  • Resveratrol
  • Retinol

dermaviduals Explains Corneoceuticals

Corneoceuticals takes skin care to the next level, providing deeper healing with products that address the needs of the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the skin) and the skin barrier.



Corneoceuticals are innovative and progressive in their approach to skin health. They deliver remarkable results by preventing and/or reducing structural inflammation.

“Corneotherapy is the science of the epidermal skin barrier defence systems. It is the foundation of remedial methodologies that repair skin and preserve the integrity of the epidermis at all times.” – International Association for Applied Corneotherapy

How dermaviduals Applies the Principles of Corneotherapy

dermaviduals uses the principles of corneotherapy to create our corneoceuticals,products that can restore and strengthen skin barrier defences that have been impaired by internal and external factors. This approach makes our products a primary preventive measure against age-related skin problems and skin barrier disorders such as eczema.

Another reason we’re pro-corneoceuticals is they are far less likely to cause side effects than topical pharmaceuticals or cosmeceuticals. Carefully formulated to an individual’s skin, corneoceuticals can extend the intervals between skin flare-ups and reduce or even eliminate the need for risky cortisone-based creams. With no fragrances, preservatives, emulsifiers, mineral oils and silicones that can disturb the natural balance of your skin, corneoceuticals utilise the physiological skin care ingredients – those that mimic the natural structure and function of your skin.

The Integrity of Cornetherapy for Skin Care

A guiding principle of corneotherapy is integrity. All formulations used to treat the skin must meet specific criteria. Their ingredients must be free of

  • Active compounds with a multitude of components
  • Ingredients that do not correspond to the physiology of the skin
  • Surface-active substances that disrupt the skin barrier
  • Emulsifiers that are not compatible with the skin barrier
  • Ingredients that cannot be degraded in the skin

When you visit an aesthetic professional, medispa, or cosmetic medicine clinic that offers dermaviduals corneoceuticals, you can be certain that you are giving your skin the safest, most advanced, and most effective support there is. Love the skin you’re in. Care for it with only corneotherapeutic products.