Chemotherapy Drug Has Anti-Aging Benefits

42-16033616The chemotherapy drug fluorouracil is often used as part of treatment for cancers of the colon, pancreas and other organs, and researchers have long known that the drug changes the appearance of the skin. However, recent studies suggest that these changes can actually improve the texture and tone of sun-damaged skin, and may even help to reduce wrinkles.

Wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and hyperpigmentation are often the result of excessive UV exposure, genetics and a poor skin maintenance routine. While certain cosmetic procedures can improve the effects of aging, there are several side effects involved.

Three dermatologists recently joined a research team to review the effects of fluorouracil on 21 healthy volunteers with sun-damaged skin and lesions. The candidates were required to apply 5 per cent fluorouracil cream to their face twice per day for two weeks, and their skin was examined at the 1, 2, 4, 6, 10 and 24-week mark throughout the course of the study.

Results showed a significant decrease in hyperpigmented skin, a reduction in dark spots, an improvement in the color of the skin, and an increase of collagen. The team of researchers concluded that fluorouracil applied topically could improve the healing of the skin and resist the effects of aging. The final report also indicated that the wound healing pattern that occurs after applying fluorouracil treatments follows the same pattern as that of laser treatments, which means the skin cells are reacting to the product.

Side effects of the treatment included excessive dryness, peeling and itching that could last several weeks before the skin began to heal. However, these are the same effects of a non-ablative laser or other intensive resurfacing treatment, so applying the cream may present a better option for those who wanted to diminish the signs of aging.

Further Reading

  • Reducing the signs of aging with facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can provide temporary results, but innovative procedures such as Fraxel C02 Laser Treatment show more promise for those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for the long-term.

  • One of the secrets to Jennifer Lopez’s youthful looks is her heart-shaped face. Jennifer’s plump, lifted cheeks help her retain a very youthful appearance and this feature has been deemed the cornerstone of a younger-looking face. As we get older, the fat in our cheeks tends to disappear and this area can even appear hollowed out. Plastic surgeons recommend facial fillers to restore the lost volume in the cheeks or even fat grafting if you want a more permanent solution.

  • While Kim Kardashian has been very public about staying away from plastic surgery procedures, her mother Kris Jenner has become a well-known celebrity plastic surgery addict. Kim K.’s boyfriend Kanye West has been pleading wit Jenner to stop having plastic surgery because he fears that she will end up dead like his own mother Donda West. Donda died tragically at the age of 58 after undergoing a tummy tuck, breast reduction, and liposuction procedure. A close source reveals that, “That loss crushed Kanye”. Since Kanye’s become very close to Kris, he may be feeling that he doesn’t want to lose a second mom to a plastic surgery death.