Study: Moisturizers raise skin cancer risk

August 14, 2008

New Brunswick, N.J. - Common moisturizers increase the production of tumors in mice that have previously been exposed to UV rays, according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

New Brunswick, N.J.

- Common moisturizers increase the production of tumors in mice that have previously been exposed to UV rays, according to a study published in the

Journal of Investigative Dermatology

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Scientists were planning to test caffeine as a cancer preventive in humans by adding it to Dermabrase, a common moisturizer. Before starting, researchers tested Dermabrase for carcinogenic activity, and found that it, and three other common moisturizers, increased tumor production in mice by an average of 69 percent.