Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Skin Cancer 101 - Antioxidants and Actinic Keratosis

Robert Rister

Visitors: 450

Actinic keratoses (the plural of actinic keratosis) are those tiny areas of sun-damaged skin that can metamorphose from slightly pink, slightly pink areas of inflammation to full-fledged squamous cell carcinoma, although only over a period of years. Fortunately, you can stop the progression and even reverse this form of skin pre-cancer with the judicious use of antioxidants.

Scientists studying skin cells in the laboratory have found that provided cells with selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E before they are exposed to the UV-A rays of the sun stops the genetic damage that can lead to this form of skin cancer. Selenium and E work together to help the skin make glutathione, which in turn keeps ultraviolet rays from damaging skin cell DNA. And N-acetyl-cysteine, also known as NAC, works with vitamins C and E to protect a “watchdog" gene called p53, which ensure that those cells that do suffer DNA damage do not continue to grow and develop into cancers.

If you work or exercise in bright sunlight on a regular basis, especially if you have fair skin, you need additional antioxidant protection. Alpha-lipoic acid, taken orally, keeps the liver from breaking down glutathione, which in turn helps maintain the supply for the skin.

Should you take your other antioxidants by mouth or use antioxidant creams directly on sun-exposed skin. My recommendation is to use both. usually. Diabetics who have uncontrolled sugars may get false readings for ketones if they take NAC orally. Men who take Viagra should not take NAC, either, because it can cause headaches. And “natural vitamin C, " like grapefruit juice, is not a good mix with the statin drugs used to lower high cholesterol, prevent prostate cancer, and treat certain kinds of inflammation.

So creams are your best bet. Additionally:

  • Just say no to tanning booths. Tanning indoors or outdoors damages the skin.
  • Don't try to “rub off" actinic keratoses. You won't get the damaged and potentially dangerous part of the skin off, but you may cause bleeding and infection.
  • Don't avoid the skin completely. Vitamin D protects the skin. Ironically, people who get no sun on a regular basis are at the highest risk for actinic keratosis and other skin cancers.

And, don't forget to see your doctor. Anyone who has a personal history of skin cancer should get a skin exam twice a year.

Read Skin Cancer 101: Recognizing Actinic Keratosis . Robert Rister is the author or co-author of nine books on natural health.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Skin Cancer is on the Rise - Skin Cancer Chart Graphs
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Be Careful About Precancerous Actinic Keratosis

by: Angela Kenny (June 08, 2010) 
(Health and Fitness/Anti Aging)

Understanding the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris

by: Gemma Rhodes (June 12, 2012) 
(Health and Fitness/Skin Care)

Keratosis treatment and Removal of Seborrheic Keratosis

by: Angela Kenny (June 18, 2010) 
(Health and Fitness/Beauty)

Seborrheic Keratosis | Treating Keratosis.

by: Angela Kenny (June 24, 2010) 
(Health and Fitness/Beauty)

Sun Tanning Safely - Examine Skin Moles For Malignant Melanoma Cancer - Tips to .

by: Nathan E Peterson (September 02, 2008) 
(Cancer/Skin Cancer)

The Relationship Between Cancer And Antioxidants

by: Michelle Bery (February 14, 2007) 

Identify Early warning Signs of Skin Cancer - Do You Have Skin Cancer?

by: Lovel Rose (February 18, 2011) 
(Health and Fitness/Skin Care)

Antioxidants To Prevent And Cure Cancer?

by: Noah Nolt (March 18, 2008) 

Cancer Can Be Cured With Natural Antioxidants

by: Philip Randall (June 24, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Alternative)

Skin Cancer is on the Rise - Skin Cancer Chart Graphs

by: Ian Pennington (October 23, 2008) 
(Cancer/Skin Cancer)