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Pearl powder - an innovation in medicine and dermatocosmetics

I. Bakardzhiev, Ts. Kalinova, D. Gesheva, M. Stancheva, S. Laskova


Introduction: Pearl powder has been known for more than 2000 years, including as a remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. Nowadays, pearl powder raises serious scientific interest due to its unique characteristics and properties. The main natural sources include shells and pearls of mussels, oysters and molluscs.
Aim: The aim of this paper is to evaluate the literature referred in the last 10 years in MEDLINE (PubMed), Scopus and Web of Science-referred literature data bases.
Materials and Methods: Abstracts and full text publications on the topic were reviewed.
Results: Pearl powder is considered an active substance with numerous actions, including moisturizing, whitening, anticonvulsive, antioxidant, sedative, antiosteoporotic and osteogenic effects. It stimulates regeneration and wound healing and is shown to have anti-aging properties. In addition, pearl powder modifications via nanotechnology demonstrate considerable changes in absorption and bioavailability.
Conclusion: Pearl powder application is an innovation in both medicine and dermatocosmetics. Combined with nanotechnology it can become even more effective.


pearl powder; pearl extraction; nacre; anticonvulsant; hydratation; revitalization; hyperpigmentations; dermatocosmetics; nanotechnologies; wound healing; bone regeneration; biocompatibility; calcium bioavailability; mechanical properties

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