There is an exciting new development in the world of skin cancer research. Although more work needs to be done, it initially appears that Nicotinamide, a laboratory developed form of vitamin B3 may significantly prevent nonmelanoma forms of skin cancers. Researchers in Australia conducted a year-long study of 386 people who previously had basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. They were an average of 66 years old. Half the people took B3 twice a day, and the other half took a placebo. Researchers found the people who took the B3 cut their chances of developing new skin cancers by 23%.
Those are very encouraging numbers. Through research, we continue to learn how important vitamins are to the skin. Skin is the biggest body organ, so it makes sense it would respond to nutrients just like other parts of our bodies. For example, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and can heal sun damage. It is a key ingredient in our popular Sun Damage Protocol kit. Click here for information.
The recent report on Vitamin B3 is interesting news but is not a magic cure.
- The study did not address melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Too much B3 may be toxic to your body.
- The best way to avoid sun damage is to protect your body and face with an effective sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and UV protective glasses. Vitamin D supplements can be helpful, but the dosage should be administered under the advice of a physician, as too much of it can also be toxic.
- The B3 used in this study is chemically a little different than common B3 (Niacin) you can typically buy over the counter.
The initial news about this study has generated a lot of interest among Dermatologists, as it may offer another prevention option for our patients. We offer a topical B3 cream, Niacinamide, which helps to reverse sun damage, acne, rosacea and restores the skin barrier. It may help to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Chemically, this is a bit different than the B3 in the study, but we know it helps skin conditions. Click here for more information.
We look forward to new developments with B3. If you have additional questions, call our office at 214-828-0016.