Skin Antioxidants

May 6, 2003 | Contact Author | By: Hongbo Zhai, MD, and Howard I. Maibach, MD, University of California
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Keywords: skin antioxidants

Abstract: The skin is supplied with an antioxidant defense system that includes enzymatic and nonenzymatic components.

The skin is supplied with an antioxidant defense system that includes enzymatic and nonenzymatic components. Because the skin is the outermost layer of protection, it is constantly exposed to environmental oxidative stress such as ultraviolet radiation (UVR), air pollutants and chemical oxidants.