Should American aesthetic practitioners be paying more attention to the latest global antiwrinkle fad—nutritional supplements?

“Nutricosmetics—nutrition or nutritional supplements for skin health and beauty—is popular abroad and may be the next frontier for improving skin health and beauty in the United States,” according to a press release sent to news media from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in February. The release encourages women interested in taking supplements to improve their skin health to consult a board-certified dermatologist. But are practitioners ready to answer questions about which—if any—supplements patients should be using?

AAD Releases Statement on Oral Supplements for Sun Protection

Recent discussion in the media about sun protection supplements has prompted an official statement from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The statement, issued on August 22 by Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the AAD, reads:

The American Academy of Dermatology wants to alert consumers that these pills should not be used as a replacement for sunscreen or sun-protective clothing. There is currently no scientific evidence that oral supplements alone can provide an adequate level of protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.