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Beauty products play the claim game: Many anti-aging products fall under the cosmeceutical umbrella because they...

Beauty products play the claim game: Many anti-aging products fall under the cosmeceutical umbrella because they...

Confusing? The difference is with the first claim, I am changing the structure of skin by directly reducing the wrinkle; with the second claim I am only changing the appearance of the wrinkle, and that does not involve changing the structure of the skin. What does this all mean and how does it affect product claims? Let’s use wrinkles as an example. A wrinkle is a crease in the skin; skin is a structure in the human body. If I create an anti-aging serum intended to reduce wrinkles, then the FDA will classify it as a drug because it intentionally affects the structure of the body. But — and here is where the border becomes fuzzy and gray — f I create an anti-aging serum intended to reduce the appearance of wrinkles then it’s a cosmetic because I am altering the appearance without the intention of affecting the structure.

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