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Thursday
Dec102009

Fluorouracil for Wrinkles

If you pick up most women's magazines in the waiting room of many offices, usually what you see are endless fashion ads and fragrance samples. One magazine, Allure, seems to delve into the beauty industry far deeper than cosmetics and moisturizers with their investigative reports on scientific research. Kudos to you, Allure.

As a dermatology nurse, I came across a brief interesting article in the December issue of Allure entitled "Fast Anti-ager". For those of you who do not read Allure, let me post the entire article:

Doctors have long noticed that patients who use the prescription cream fluorouracil, a treatment for precancerous skin lesions, "tend to look really good afterward," says Dana L. Sachs, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Now a study led by Sachs has documented the cream's anti-aging effects. Patients who used it on their faces twice daily for two weeks had decreases in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and brown spots, as well as in precancers. The drug injures the skin, triggering a beneficial repair response; redness can last for a few weeks. Sachs says studies are needed to assess fluorouracil's cosmetic use in people with relatively mild sun damage.

Perhaps a study worth following.

Author: Paula D. Young RN runs internal operations and training at Young Medical Spa and is the author of the Medical Spa Aesthetics Course, Study Guide, and Advanced IPL & Laser Training course for medical estheticians and laser technicians.

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I read the article in Allure and immediately went to my medicine cabinet because I was sure I had some of this stuff! I did, so I washed my face and put it all over. I repeated this every day, twice daily for 2 weeks. This was January of this year. The skin under my eyes and in my nasolabial folds became red, irritated, and eventually scabbed over. The color is just now almost normal under my eyes. The skin under my eyes looks terrible. It is looser than before with more pronounced wrinkles. I am currently researching which type of laser treatment would work best to undo what this cream did to my under eye area. I am 41 years old, and have used retin a for 8 years. My skin has always been in pretty good shape until now!

07.18 | Unregistered Commenterpam benton

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