A new study suggests that paint colors can help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Researchers say the findings are based on the theory that paint is an important ingredient in cosmetics.
“We’re looking at paint’s ability to reduce the amount of inflammation that occurs when the body has a bad reaction to a particular chemical in the skin,” says Dr. Christopher Lee, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan.
“So if you have an allergic reaction, you may react to that particular chemical with increased inflammation.”
Dr. Lee’s team, published in the journal PLOS ONE, analyzed data from more than 8,000 patients diagnosed with skin cancer between 1997 and 2012.
The team compared the skin-cancer risk in those patients who had been exposed to paint with the risk in people who had never used paint.
In those who had had skin cancer, the paint-sensitive skin was 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed.
That was the most consistent finding of all the research they looked at, Dr. Lewis says.
The researchers also looked at the risk of developing skin cancer in people whose skin had been treated with a chemical called sebum, a substance that coats the skin, usually in conjunction with a sunscreen.
“What we found is that sebum exposure is significantly associated with skin cancers, particularly melanoma,” Dr. Martin Bartsch, a dermatologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, says in a press release.
“That is, you’re more likely when you’re exposed to the sun to develop melanoma.”
Dr Bartscha says he and his colleagues believe that sebaceous glands are key to maintaining healthy skin.
“I would say the most important thing that’s going to change your skin is getting a dermatology professional who can treat it properly and not just say, ‘Oh, you need to get a dermatologists office and do this and do that,'” Dr. Bartschi says.
If you’re worried about your skin, you can find a dermatologic doctor who specializes in dermatology in your area.
“It’s important to know what your skin looks like and what you’re reacting to, especially for the kids,” Dr Bartsch says.
“If you’re looking for a doctor who has skin cancer and is not in a hospital, then the best place to start is with a dermatopathologist.”
If you have any questions about your cancer, you should call your doctor, and not a dermatocare professional.
And if you think you may have melanoma, you are more likely than someone without skin cancer to get the disease.
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