Daily Skin Care Manufacturer Likewise Skincare Responds to an Article Regarding Melanoma Risk for Redheads

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Following an article published by the Los Angeles Times reporting the heightened risk of melanoma in redheaded individuals, a representative from Likewise Skincare offers a response.

On November 12, daily skin care manufacturer Likewise Skincare comments on an article published by the Los Angeles Times which reports that melanoma risk may be greater for individuals with red hair.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, a new study, “published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, suggests that the same reddish-yellow pigment that gives rise to rusty locks and an inability to tan is itself a potential trigger in the development of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.” According to the article, senior author of the study David E. Fisher and his colleagues “set out to examine how moles can develop into melanoma when exposed to ultraviolet light, a form of radiation that can damage DNA. The test subjects were mice bred to be susceptible to cancer. Because mouse hair is also determined by eumelanin and pheomelanin, researchers used black, albino and golden-yellow — or ‘red-headed’ — mice to mimic a range of human pigmentation.” The Los Angeles Times reports that even prior to UV ray exposure, “50% of the redheads developed melanoma within a year.”

The article reports that The National Cancer Institute has estimated that more than 76,000 individuals will be diagnosed with melanoma. According to Lisa Shariat, a representative for daily skin care brand Likewise Skincare, “This is quite a startling discovery. While it’s well-known that UV rays are damaging and can result in premature aging and skin cancer, it’s upsetting to know that redheads are put at a greater risk for melanoma. With hope, this information will only help researchers to discover a way to protect redheads against skin cancer.”

“Fisher said the study offers a silver lining for redheads: As researchers gain a better understanding of pheomelanin, they'll be likely to identify specific antioxidants that could arrest harmful cellular processes. Someday, he said, those antioxidants might be added to sunscreens,” reports The Lost Angeles Times.

Likewise Skincare was created by board-certified dermatologist and President of Likewise, Inc., Dr. Julie Pena. Likewise daily moisturizers are all-in-one but not one-fits-all. Each moisturizer is made with skin-balancing toners to work with your specific skin type. The moisturizers use a combination of anti-aging antioxidants, ultra-protective zinc oxide and water-resistant ingredients to keep you protected.

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