The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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A THE TRUTH ABOUT RETINOIDS | LINDA FRANKS, MD, and PANTA ROUHANI SCHAFFER, MD, PHD, MPH Vitamin A's derivatives, known as retinoids, are increasingly found today in over-the-counter (OTC) cosmetic products, including sunscreens. Is there any reason they shouldn't be? Some concerned citizens would have you think so. The omnipresence of retinoids such as Retin-A, retinol, retinyl palmitate and tretinoin in both OTC and prescription items is not surprising, since they have been found to be outstanding topical agents offering innumerable benefits to both the function and appearance of skin. Targeting all key skin cells in the epidermis and dermis, they are variously used to combat photoaging, acne, psoriasis, and even some forms of skin cancer. 1-4 They are the only topicals proven in clinical tests to perform such an array of activities–tightening pores, preventing and reversing ultraviolet (UV) damage, reducing wrinkles, increasing blood flow in skin, fighting acne, increasing cell turnover, boosting collagen and evening out skin tone. 1-4 And yet, at least one group of vocal critics warns that even trace amounts of these products can be dangerous. The question is whether their alarms have any basis in reality. For the latest information and updates go to: 32

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