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Sun-Damaged Skin Can Be Prevented, Even Improved, Using Over-The-Counter Creams

November 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers say that skin aging can be slowed, and skin that has already experienced the damaging effects of sun exposure can be improved. Prevention of skin damage – also called photoaging – caused by UVA and UVB exposure is easily done with daily application of 30-plus SPF sunscreen containing zinc oxide. Sun-damaged skin can be improved by daily application of retinol, derived from vitamin A. Retinol decreases the risk of skin cancer and improves skin pigmentation and abnormalities. It also increases collagen content, reducing lines and wrinkles. Lastly, a dermatologist can use a simple technique called fraxel resurfacing to improve wrinkles and pigmentation.
Marian Northington et al., "Anti-Aging Strategies Can Improve More Than Looks", News release, University of Alabama at Birmingham, November 01, 2013, © University of Alabama at Birmingham
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