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Certain Moisturizers Found to Promote Skin Cancer in Mice

Posted: August 20, 2008

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Eucerin is made by Beiersdorf Inc, who said in a statement, "We have just learned about this study and are currently reviewing it to understand the findings. Eucerin Original Creme has been on the market for more than 100 years and is a highly respected, dermatologist-recommended brand. It has been widely used by both individuals with normal skin and those with diseased skin under the care of physicians, and no incidents of this nature have ever been reported."

Vanicream is made by Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. (PSI), and in a statement, PSI president Conrad O. Thompson, RPh, said there is nothing in the Conney study to indicate any need for change in current recommendations for use of Vanicream. "Treatment with Vanicream Skin Cream clearly did not increase the proportion of animals that developed tumors," Thompson noted.

Dermovan, a wholesale-only product used as a base to which other ingredients are added by compounding pharmacists, was made by Healthpoint Ltd. until the product was discontinued in 2006. "The product has been around for 50 years, and has no safety issues related to it," Healthpoint spokesman Mark Mitchell said.

Dermabase maker Paddock Laboratories Inc. did not respond to requests for comment.

The Conney study appears in the Aug. 14 advance online issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.