Positive Link Between Chemical Peels and Skin Cancer

San-Diego-Dermatology-and-Laser-SurgeryChemical peels are a great treatment option for certain types pigmentary problems, skin rejuvenation, and overall brightening of the skin.  Now another advantage: a recent study has shown that chemical peels have a postive influence on UV-induced skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.

During a 10 week study researchers exposed the subjects to UV radiation three times a day.  The subjects were then treated with different peeling agents at regular intervals.  Their findings?

“Glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and TCA(trichloracetic acid) had reduced tumor formation by 95% to 100%…  Glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and TCA also delayed the time to tumor development.”

Furthermore, the researchers found that all four types of the chemical peels they tested “reversed the histological changes associated with with chronic UV exposure.”

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