Eating grapes and drinking red wine protect your skin

Protective Effect of Structurally Diverse Grape Procyanidin Fractions against UV-Induced Cell Damage – UV radiation leads to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These molecules exert a variety of harmful effects by altering key cellular functions and may result in cell death. Several studies have demonstrated that human skin can be protected against UV radiation by using plant-derived antioxidants.

Indoor tanning may be an addictive behavior

Study suggests indoor tanning may be an addictive behavior – Individuals who have used indoor tanning facilities may meet criteria for addiction, and may also be more prone to anxiety symptoms and substance use, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology.

Fashionable toilet seats, harsh chemicals may lead to dermatitis

‘Poop’ dermatitis linked to fashionable toilet seats, harsh chemicals – Considered a dermatological nuisance that was long gone, skin irritations caused by toilet seats appear to be making a comeback in pediatricians’ offices, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center investigator Bernard Cohen, M.D.

New golden ratios for female facial beauty

Researchers discover new ‘golden ratios’ for female facial beauty – Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder but also in the relationship of the eyes and mouth of the beholden. The distance between a woman’s eyes and the distance between her eyes and her mouth are key factors in determining how attractive she is to others.

Germs on skin are good for us

Surface bacteria maintain skin’s healthy balance — Germs on skin are good for us. – On the skin’s surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents excessive inflammation after injury.

Sunbeds should not be used for cosmetic tanning

Health Protection Agency (HPA) advice on the use of Sunbeds — Sunbeds should not be used for cosmetic tanning. – Sunbeds should be off limits to the under 18s and should not be used for cosmetic tanning – say scientists at the Health Protection Agency.

Topical fluorouracil improves actinic keratoses and photoaging

Topical application of chemotherapy drug may improve appearance of aging skin through wound-healing response – Topical application of the chemotherapy medication fluorouracil appears to reduce potentially precancerous skin patches and improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

FDA warns consumers not to use skin care products by Clarcon

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Skin Products Made by Clarcon Due to Bacterial Contamination Risk – Products marketed under various names. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection.

Eye wrinkles removal laser device gets OTC

Palomar Receives FDA Over-The-Counter Clearance for a Home Use Wrinkle Removal Laser Device – Clearance Opens Door To Multi-Billion Dollar Home Skin Care Market. – US health agency FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved over-the-counter (OTC) marketing of Palomar’s laser device for treatment of wrinkles around the eyes, i.e. periorbital wrinkles.

New genomic approaches for treating skin diseases

Study finds unexpected bacterial diversity on human skin – Genomic research lays groundwork for new approaches for treating, preventing skin diseases. – The health of our skin – one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness and injury – depends upon the delicate balance between our own cells and the millions of bacteria and other one-celled microbes that live on its surface.