Isn’t Science Wonderful?

BBC News reported today that a course of topical fluorouracil which would be prescribed for treatment of skin cancer (actinic keratoses) has the additional bonus of a restorative effect from sun damage and decreased wrinkles.  Hoo ha!  That’s the upside.  The downside, much like with retinol, is that skin may be sensitive and irritated by this compound.  “The treatment encourages the body to make healthy new skin by purposefully damaging the outermost layer of the skin, much like chemical peels and laser treatment.  And being cheaper, it is an attractive alternative to laser therapy.”  Cool, huh?

“Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists said:  “This chemotherapy cream is known to be an effective treatment for pre-cancerous changes due to the sun.

“However, it can produce severe redness, oozing, weeping and scabbing of skin in many patients which can be very distressing for patients.  (((Note: is that gross or what?)))

“Although this is a useful treatment for pre-cancerous skin changes, the risk of a severe reaction would probably put off most people looking for a solution to cosmetic concerns.

“The best way to avoid wrinkles is to avoid too much sun.”

So, while everyone is still recommending you just avoid too much sun, there is another arrow in the quiver.  I like to keep up on the technology!  Here’s the article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8101677.stm

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