Due to the realization that human beings can never stay away from the sun completely, scientists are always in pursuit of new and better ways to reduce the risks of suffering from skin cancer, or skin damage due to regular exposure to UV rays, particularly its UVB element. After resveratrol was discovered and it’s anti-aging with the antioxidant properties were unveiled, scientists thought they could find out if the same compound would have chemo-preventive properties. It is believed that these properties would be effective in shielding against UVB skin damage.
Needless to mention, great exposure to UVB radiation will increase the risks of skin cancer. The research which was conducted looked at the effect of resveratrol if applied topically on hairless mice. The mice were then put under UVB exposure for 7 days consecutively. The study also looked at the effect of resveratrol on survivin. Survivin, which is what is responsible for cell division in the body, is normally absent in an otherwise normal human adult tissue but present in people suffering from cancer. This justifies the reason why most cancer therapies today target survivin.
The research findings showed that the resveratrol which was applied topically considerably lowered UVB exposure and helped control the protein expression of survivin. Resveratrol was found to be able to modulate numerous cell signals, which in turn protects the skin cells from UVB damages that are known to trigger cancer development. Resveratrol considerably hindered the increase in skin edema and thickness which are normally mediated by UVB.
With these study and many others conducted, it is reassuring to know that applying resveratrol skin creams can substantially help inhibit the development of skin cancer. Living at such a time and age when global warming and ozone deterioration are the order of the day, resveratrol might just be the miracle drug that people in this generation have been waiting for.