chapter  8
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Vitamins and Micronutrients in Aging and Photoaging Skin

Photoaging skin and skin cancer constitute a major problem in the U.S. as well as many other areas throughout the world. Natural aging of the skin is associated with many intrinsic changes. The addition of significant ultraviolet exposure creates the potential for benign photoaging changes as well as increasing the potential for skin cancers of all types including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and a variety of others such as eyelid sebaceous carcinoma. While treatments exist for all types of skin cancers as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatments for photoaging changes (sagging, wrinkles, texture, pigmentation, etc.), prevention and the reduction of the incidence of malignant and nonmalignant conditions offer profound benefit for the individual and for society.