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Food supplements

Consumer interest in the correlation between diet, wellness, and skin health has increased the demand for oral beauty supplements. Food supplements, also called "nutraceuticals", are intended to provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition such as skin health care. Assumptions of skin benefits must be substantiated with scientific evidence. At proderm we provide safe and effective clinical methods to satisfy this need.

The basis of a successful application is the careful planning of the clinical trial. Especially for studies with food or nutritional supplements that promise particular characteristics related to skin or hair, very specific measures must be taken into account when preparing a study.

Within the European Union food supplements are ruled by the European Food Safety Authority by means of a guideline.


studies conducted


volunteers enrolled

Study types

  • Aging
  • UV protection
  • Cellulite
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Oral Malodor
  • Nails

Measured against the effects of topical applications such as creams, the cosmetic effects provided by nutritional supplements are comparatively small. For this reason, the technology used to detect the effects has a particular significance. From our comprehensive and innovative technology portfolio we want to especially emphasize the non-invasive skin test methods LC-OCT and Raman spectroscopy. Invasive biological samplings, as well as clinical imaging are also suitable approaches for the investigation of the effects of food supplements.

The efficacy of the food supplements may be investigated in relation to the following aspects:

  • Skin hydration
  • Skin elasticity
  • Skin Barrier
  • Collagen Composition of the dermis
  • Skin layer thickness and Dermal-Epidermal Junction analysis
  • Fatty Acids in the Skin


  • Liquid forms (e.g. Supplemented drinks)
  • Ingestible powders
  • Tablets
  • Capsules

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