ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2016

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Page 19 of 68 17 Changing the Rules Armed with the knowledge that people who have been exposed to radiation from indoor tanning are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule that will prohibit children under 18 from using indoor tanning devices. "There is increasing evidence that indoor tanning during childhood and early adult life increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma," says Markham C. Luke, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and deputy office director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. To read the full proposal, including other restrictions to improve safety measures, go to ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm350790.htm. » beautybuzz INDUSTRY NEWS Edible Sunscreen? Could eating a natural food additive protect against skin cancer? Maybe. A recent study at the University of Arizona discovered that mice injected with bixin (an apocarotenoid found in annatto, which is a natural food coloring obtained from the seeds of the achiote tree), and then exposed to UV radiation, experienced "much less severe skin damage" than mice that were not injected. "The compound does not kill skin cancer cells, but prevents their forming in the first place," according to the report. The next step is to investigate if bixin works as well in humans as it does in mice. To see the full report, visit http://uahs.arizona. edu/news/ua-researchers- identify-food-additive-may-help- prevent-skin-cancer. » Trending: Microneedling The procedure has been around since the 1990s, but continuous advances in microneedling devices have caused a resurgence in its popularity. This service, which uses tiny needles to create micro injuries in the skin, triggers the skin to repair itself by producing collagen, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Advances in microneedling tools and rollers mean minimal discomfort and shorter recovery time. A Winning Future Congratulations to Tiffany LePham, this year's winner of the NCEA Esthetician Scholarship. LePham, from Fountain Valley, California, is a student at Career Academy of Beauty and was selected from more than 100 candidates to receive a $1,000 grant. Associated Skin Care Professionals is proud to sponsor this scholarship and we wish Tiffany all the best! The next quarterly application deadline is June 1. Applicants must be midway through an esthetician-only training program, maintain at least 80 percent attendance, and carry an 80 percent grade point average. To download an application, visit

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