Lynn L. Bergeson and Michael F. Cole, “Fullerenes Used in Skin Creams,” Nanotechnology Law & Business, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2012.
Since the discovery of fullerenes in 1985, the scientific and business communities have been exploring possible commercial applications for these intriguing materials. This article will explore one such application, the use of fullerenes in skin creams. We will discuss the perceived advantages of such use, the concerns expressed regarding risks to health and the environment from fullerenes in skin cream, and the research reported to date on cosmetic usage. The article will conclude with a discussion of the initiatives undertaken by manufacturers and government regulators to address the safe use of fullerenes, as well as selected future issues confronting those seeking to commercialize fullerenes in skin creams.