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Monday, 16 April 2012 08:38

Can Superficial Peels Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

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Facial treatments that shed dead skin cells, improving the look and feel of skin – are very popular for those who want to treat the signs of premature aging (especially aging caused by sun damage). Resurfacing treatments such as peels and microdermabrasion have long been used to treat aging skin conditions like wrinkles, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and loose saggy skin, but now they are being studied for a secondary benefit: pre-cancer lesion prevention.

vital c serumWe’ve all heard the best steps to overcoming the most deadly form of skin cancer (melanoma) is prevention & early detection. Well studies show that people who receive a chemical peel on a regular basis have less risk of skin cancer and are actually preventing the occurrence by removingprecancerous sun spots. Combining a peel with a melanin inhibitor such as Institut’ DERMed Intensive Brightening Serum, a fast-acting Hydroquinone spot treatment helps accelerate the exfoliation of dark spots while suppressing melanin production. Hydroquinone is an inhibitor of the enzyme Tyrosinase, which allows melanocytes to create pigment in your skin. Because it inhibits the production of melanin, your skin will be without its natural protection method, so use this serum at night and be sure to use plenty of sunblock during the day (even if it’s cloudy!). For daily home maintenance use Institut’ DERMed Vital C Serum a powerful lightening treatment that stimulates the skin’s immune cells to prevent abnormal melanin production for a more even skin tone. Containing 20% L-Ascorbic Acid, Vital C is a potent anti-oxidant that provides protection against skin damage induced by UV radiation.

While TCA peels are effective for treating non-melanoma skin cancers,  too much of a good thing can be bad. Aggressive chemical peels done too often can leave the skin lacking that certain freshness. Try lighter peels (like an herbal enzyme) more often to keep skin in better overall shape from sun damage and sun spots. Keep in mind pre and post-treatment daily maintenance regimens are proven to boost healing time and are vitally important if you choose the more aggressive route for skin rejuvenation. But most importantly, get your skin checked regularly for potentially cancerous spots, especially moles or freckles that change in color, size, or shape. You can never be too careful!


Changing Skin, Changing Lives,

Lyn Ross