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Can Caffeine Help Skin Cancer Fight?

Updated Aug 27, 2011

Coffee drinkers now have another reason to appreciate the occasional cup of Java. According to online reports recent studies have suggested that caffeine can help protect the skin against harmful UV rays. This study, done by researchers at Rutgers, is only the latest to explore this link.


Emerging from the study is the theory that topically applying caffeine to the skin can reverse the effects of skin damage. It is felt that caffeine limits the presence of a protein in the skin called ATR, known to be a causative factor for skin cancer.


Allan Conney, director of the Susan Lehmann Laboratory for Cancer Research cautioned that further studies were necessary. The cosmetics industry has paid attention however. Some companies have already begun using caffeine extract in their products.


Written by the CareFair.com Editorial Team.

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