Copper on skin, the mineral that protects skin against free radicals, may help to keep skin’s defences in place against colds and other infections.
Researchers from the Australian National University in Canberra and the Queensland University of Technology found that copper in skin had anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically on the skin.
The researchers studied 25 volunteers aged 18 to 30 who had been using topical copper cream on their skin for less than three months.
“Copper was well tolerated in all participants,” said Dr David Williams, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of NSW and the study’s lead author.
“The copper in copper cream is not the same as the copper found in skin care products.”
The researchers also found that the copper had an anti-oxidant effect on skin tissue.
This means that it may help reduce the risk of skin cancers caused by free radicals.
“A number of skin cancer studies have shown that copper has anti-aging properties,” Dr Williams said.
“This study shows that copper can also help reduce inflammation, which may in turn help prevent skin cancers.”
The findings of this study suggest that copper on the face may help keep skin defences in a better position to withstand colds, infections and even infections in the future.
“The copper was tested on the volunteers’ skin and found to have anti-cancer properties, the researchers said.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that using copper cream topically in the face can cause any type of cancer.
However, Dr Williams advised people to limit their use of copper in their skin to help keep the skin healthy and protected from infections.
The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted on volunteers in Queensland and New South Wales.
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