In health news, you might not have to wear sunscreen anymore to protect your skin. Researchers are working on creating a sunscreen pill.
The protection from the sun that you apply externally, May soon one day be in a pill.
British Researchers got the idea for sunscreen in a pill under water. They found coral has its own natural barrier to UV Radiation; an implant called Scenesse is in FDA trials right now. It uses hormones to increase melanin in your skin, which blocks those UV Rays.
“Just having skin cancer before, we’ll take all the time we can to protect ourselves and we don’t stay out long,” said Heather Gaskins, Skin Cancer Survivors.
“These type of compounds can increase the melanin in their skin,” said Girish Munavalli, M.D. at Dermatology Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas, “So that will probably come to market in the U.S. before anything else and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”
Doctor Munvalli also said, “A lot of our drugs in nature come from plants and animals and bacteria so it’s a good start.”
The Scenesse implant in coral is at least two years away from being on the market; and the sunscreen pills are still in development. It could be at least five years before they are available.
Researchers also need to determine possible side effects.
Reporting on health matters, I’m Jessica Solis.