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The Air Up There: Skin VOCs
By: Katie Schaefer,
Posted: October 30, 2008, from the November 2008 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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Although the profiles contained the same general array of chemicals, the specific amounts differed. Preti and his team plan to characterize skin odor profiles associated with other forms of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. “In the future, we will be able to diagnose skin cancer earlier with a VOC profile,” added Preti.
In addition to its role in skin cancer research, VOC profiling could lead to more effective antiaging skin care since it can determine what chemicals may build up in skin over time. Formulations might be developed to target the reduction of certain compounds or omit others due to their accumulation potential. According to Preti, a more in-depth study into what compounds are found in the body could lead to new developments.