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Vitamin C Useful for Skin Healing, Research Shows

Posted: September 11, 2009

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Even though vitamin C was discovered more than 70 years ago as the agent that prevents scurvy, its properties are still under much debate in the scientific community. In fact, the annual meeting of the International Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, which will be held this year in San Francisco, will feature a session dedicated to vitamin C, titled “New Discoveries for an Old Vitamin."

Marcus S. Cooke, PhD, from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine and Department of Genetics, at the University of Leicester, added, “The study indicates a mechanism by which vitamin C could contribute to the maintenance of a healthy skin by promoting wound healing and by protecting cellular DNA against damage caused by oxidation. These findings are particular importance to our photobiology interests, and we will certainly be looking into this further.”

These results will be of great relevance to the cosmetics industry. Free radicals are associated with premature skin aging, and antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are known to counter these highly damaging compounds. This new evidence suggest that, in addition to ‘mopping up’ free radicals, vitamin C can help remove the DNA damage they form, if they get past the cell’s defenses.

The study has the potential to lead to advances in the prevention and treatment of skin lesions specifically, as well as contributing to the fight against cancer.

Adapted from materials provided by University of Leicester, via AlphaGalileo.