Exfoliation by using facial scrubs, acid serums and professional chemical peels are all popular treatments for shedding dead skin cells to improve the look and feel of your skin. But the latest research now shows another benefit of exfoliation: the reduction of the number of actinic keratosis–skin lesions that can develop into squamous cell cancer. For home use, physicians recommend glycolic acid serums in formulas up to 20%. Try Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 10%, 17% or 20%.
This is great news since I’ve always known exfoliation to be a miracle worker and now this really proves it!
And of course, daily use of sunscreen is a must. I wear Daily Protection SPF 30 faithfully, 365 days a year and so should you.
Skin Cancer Facts from The American Academy of Dermatology:
-More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and 1 in 58 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
-Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but are easily treated if detected early.
-In females 15-29 years old, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma which may be due to high-risk tanning behaviors.
-Melanoma in individuals 10-39 years old is highly curable with 5-year survival rates exceeding 90%.
-The 5-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99%.
-5-year survival rates for regional and distant stage melanomas are 65% and 15%, respectively.
Simply put, skin cancer is serious stuff.
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