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Topical Botanicals and the Skin 

Topical Botanicals and the Skin
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Topical Botanicals and the Skin
Author(s):

Andrea Hui

and Daniel Siegel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0005
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date: 28 May 2020

This chapter provides an overview of naturally occurring botanical compoundsused in complementary dermatologic therapy as compared with synthetic molecules. Botanical compounds may consist of extracts from whole plants, seeds, roots, rhizomes, leaves, and flowers, or any part of the plant that is considered biologically active.Many botanicals extracts demonstrate anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-oxidant properties, which are useful in a wide range of dermatologic diseases, from atopic dermatitis and psoriasis to wound healing.

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