Is there a cream soon that tans and protects against UV radiation?
A tanning cream that also protects against skin cancer? This sounds especially good for pale people as too good to be true. American scientists have now developed a drug that stimulates pigmentation while protecting against UV radiation.
Especially in blond and red-haired people, the risk of skin cancer is increased. There is less eumelanin in her skin cells. Eumelanin (melanin) is a brown pigment that absorbs UV radiation, thereby protecting the DNA and consequently from cancer. American scientists in Boston have now developed a drug that will boost the production of melanin. And that already in external use, so as a cream.
How does the sunscreen work?
The active ingredients trigger a biochemical reaction in the skin cells. The same reaction also occurs when sunbathing, according to researchers around David Fisher of the Massachusetts General Hospital. The study and its findings were published in the journal “Cell Reports”.
“This new class of small molecules activates the same pathway that works with natural skin tanning, but with no DNA damage from UV light,” explains Fisher. However, the active ingredients must still be tested for their safety in clinical trials before they can be used as a sunscreen and in combination with other creams.
When does the product come onto the market?
The scientists do not see their research completed yet. The aim is to develop a skin cream that absorbs both the UV light and at the same time activates and enhances the natural protection of the skin against UV radiation. In addition, the researchers want to exclude side effects and an influence on the skin tanning, before the product is to be offered on the market.