Skin health and suncare

Research references are listed, as nearly as possible, by the dates on which the research was first published or brought into the public domain. Clicking on the title of the research will take you either to a precis of the findings (with further links to the relevant source material) or directly to that source material.

Because many original research papers remain restricted by publishers it is not always possible to link visitors to the original research so the links that we give will normally be to the 'second level' reports from reliable and respected sources such as MedicalNewsToday, WebMD, MedPage Today and Medscape.

If you wish to pursue your own researches beyond these pages, one of our regular contributors, John Scott, has some suggestions for sites which will provide you with reliable and informative material.


Researchers develop plastic strip which will change colour just before exposure to too much ultraviolet light from the sun, prompting wearers to move into the shade before they burn. March 2015

Sun exposure can continue to damage DNA long after exposure ceases. Research here; comment here. February 2015

Licorice extract protects the skin from UV-induced stress. February 2015

Immune cells in the skin may function as the body's 'border control' sensing whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders. February 2015

A review the recent findings related to the interactions of the commensal bacteria with skin homeostasis and discuss the role of the dysbiosis of these bacteria in the pathogenesis of skin diseases. October 2014

Nasal bacteria may predict skin infections.  May 2014

Human immune system shapes skin microbiome. October 2013

Mycobacterium Marinum skin infections from aquariums may be under-diagnosed. July 2013

FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) found 107 cases of serious skin reactions linked to acetaminophen products (Tylenol) from 1969 to 2012. Sixty-seven of them required hospitalization while 12 lead to death.Courtesy of Dr Mercola sites. August 2013

New study finds potentially harmful levels of lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminium and five other metals in high street lipsticks. May 2013

Consumption of black bananas (Thai Musa) appears to prevent UVB (sunlight) skin damage in mice. September 2012

Temporary tattoo can cause permanent allergy. August 2012

As the α-terpinene in tea tree oil autoxidises rapidly to form allergens, so may not be suitable for use in cosmetics and skin care products. March 2012

Lichen planus (an inflammatory condition of the skin that can affect the mouth and genital region) may be related to flavourings, especially spearmint oil. June 2012

Skin barrier function and its importance at the start of the atopic march. May 2012

Clothes made of milk – really! November 2011

Association between atopic dermatitis and obesity in adulthood. October 2011

Chemicals in tattoo inks under new scrutiny. August 2011

Skin protection is not all of human origin… September 2011

Preliminary research on mice suggests that some commercially available moisturisers, when combined with high EVB radiation, may increase the risk of cancer. August 2008

Nanoparticles offer hope for nickel allergy. April 2011

Obese children have a higher risk of developing eczema. March 2011

Study links chronic hives with vitamin D deficiency. January 2011

Common rubber products may cause skin allergies. January 2011

Shea butter does not trigger allergic reactions. December 2010

Sunscreens may be accelerating cancer. April 2010

A new role for Vitamin C in skin protection. September 2009

Low energy light bulbs and skin disorders. August 2009

Synthesising the most natural of all skin creams. June 2009

Antifungals for dandruff. October 2008

Topical approach to treating nail fungus circumvents problems with current therapy. November 2008

Genetic defect in skin cells leads to neurodermatitis, hayfever and asthma. July 2008

Chlorhexidine - common constituent of mouthwash and toothpaste. April 2009

Scratching may ease emotions triggered by itching, but it's still not good for skin. February 2008

Over-the-counter medicated creams may be lethal if incorrectly used. February 2008

A breakthrough study has found new genetic mutations that can cause the skin to itch. January 2008

Polymorphic Light Eruption: bumpy and itchy rashes on sun-exposed skin. September 2007



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