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Betacarotene for the Prevention of Ultraviolet-Induced Skin Damage

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Biologic Effects of Light 1998

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Exposure of the skin to the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun leads both to direct DNA damage and to the formation of free radicals. Whereas the membrane alterations which accompany these responses are reversible, the DNA alterations, whether caused directly or via the action of free radicals, can be corrected to a certain degree only, depending upon the capacity of the repair systems. Exposure of the skin to ultraviolet doses between 60 and 99% of the MED, as is usually done be “’health-conscious” sun worshippers, provokes chronic sundamage (premature skin aging, photoaging) with its disturbing medical and cosmetic symptoms.

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Raab, W.P. (1999). Betacarotene for the Prevention of Ultraviolet-Induced Skin Damage. In: Holick, M.F., Jung, E.G. (eds) Biologic Effects of Light 1998. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5051-8_43

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