Can You Protect Skin Cells from Skin Cancer?

Milk ThistleHealthy skin plays a major role in looking fabulous, with photoaging caused by sun damage along with skin cancer prevention being keys to skin health. Recent research on a long used herbal remedy has revealed exciting results in the lab.

A pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center studies published this month show that the milk thistle extract, silibinin, kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation and protects against damage by UVB radiation — thus protecting against UV-induced skin cancer and photo-aging.

These are interesting results finding silibinin to get rid of already damaged cells, and prevent further damage. Hmmm….you have my attention! [Read more…]

Caffeine in Skin Care Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

A couple of years ago, skin cancer research showed the possibility that caffeine applied directly to the skin reduced the amount of a particular protein that caused UV damaged skin cells to turn cancerous. In Caffeine in Skin Care May Protect from Skin Cancer, I share the findings of these past studiesNow there is new evidence that is showing stronger evidence of the anticancer effects of topically applied caffeine.

According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with more than 1 million new cases each year.

With skin cancer becoming increasingly prevalent, especially in the younger age groups, the findings of topically applied caffeine showing evidence of decreasing the development of skin cancers is very important. [Read more…]

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