In a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce the number of skin cancers, a study completed by Professor Diana Damian and Professor Gary Halliday from the University of Sydney, has shown that Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) has protective effects against skin damage caused by UV radiation.
Vitamin B3 helps to reduce existing precancerous skin lesions, reduces the number of new non-melanoma skin cancers in a series of pilot studies, and may even help to prevent melanoma, one of Australia’s most deadly cancers.
The study revealed that patients taking Nicotinamide showed
- A 23% reduction in non melanoma skin cancers
- A 20% reduction of new Basal Cell Carcinomas
- A 30% reduction in new Squamous Cell Carcinomas
- A 13% reduction in Actinic Keratoses (at 12 months)
Brands available include:
- Nature’s Own Vitamin B3, or
- Blackmores Insolar Oral Nicotinamide
NB: Do not purchase Nicotinic Acid or Niacin
Karen Shirley from The Skin Clinicians said, ‘I have been promoting topical Vitamin B3 for many years as a form of treatment for patients with pronounced sun damage and am really pleased that the research confirms my beliefs. I now stock Vitamin B3 in oral form since these findings.’
In conjunction with taking Vitamin B3, The Skin Clinicians strongly recommend and encourage the daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen such as Actinica Lotion which it stocks and recommends. Actinica contains a modern combination of long lasting, photostable UV filters, which cover the UVA/UVB spectrum to absorb, reflect and scatter UV radiation.
It also contains extra moisturising properties to help improve skin texture. It does not contain fragrance or PEG emulsifiers, which helps ensure the liposomal lotion is well tolerated.
The Skin Clinicians
39 Riding Rd, Hawthorne QLD 4171
(07) 3899 8808