Anti-ageing creams ‘increase risk of cancer’

Academic claims skin creams used by millions could be damaging

Anti-ageing skin creams are being ‘naively’ used by millions of people unaware it could be increasing the risk of cancer, a US academic has claimed.
 
Dr Sam Epstein claims the creams which promise to remove wrinkles by smoothing away fine lines can actually strip the skin’s protective top layer, leaving the skin exposed to more damage from the sun and harmful toxins.
 
The US academic, who is also the chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, said the most common ingredients in anti-ageing creams, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), were probably the most dangerous cosmetic products on the market.
 
‘So many woman, and even some men, slather these products all over their skin in the naïve belief that they have nothing to fear but ageing,’ Dr Epstein said. He is now campaigning on the America medical safety body to introduce new regulations to protect consumers.
 
The British cosmetic industry must comply with EU rules on what ingredients to use and what warnings to place on labels. There is currently no requirement for a warning to be placed on creams containing AHAs.

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