Microalgae Bioactive Compounds to Topical Applications Products—A Review

Manuel Martínez-Ruiz, Carlos Alberto Martínez-González, Dong Hyun Kim, Berenice Santiesteban-Romero, Humberto Reyes-Pardo, Karen Rocio Villaseñor-Zepeda, Edgar Ricardo Meléndez-Sánchez, Diana Ramírez-Gamboa, Ana Laura Díaz-Zamorano, Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández, Karina G. Coronado-Apodaca, Ana María Gámez-Méndez, Hafiz M.N. Iqbal*, Roberto Parra-Saldivar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Microalgae are complex photosynthetic organisms found in marine and freshwater envi-ronments that produce valuable metabolites. Microalgae-derived metabolites have gained remark-able attention in different industrial biotechnological processes and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries due to their multiple properties, including antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-cancer, phycoim-munomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activities. These properties are recognized as promising components for state-of-the-art cosmetics and cosmeceutical formulations. Efforts are being made to develop natural, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly products that replace synthetic products. This review summarizes some potential cosmeceutical applications of microalgae-derived biomolecules, their mechanisms of action, and extraction methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3512
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) master fellowship No. 1104949 awarded to author B.S.-R. and partially supported under Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) program awarded to Manuel Martínez Ruiz (CVU: 418151), Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández (CVU: 375202), Roberto Parra-Saldívar (CVU: 35753) and Hafiz M.N. Iqbal (CVU: 735340).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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