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† C. Vitamin E vs. the Ozone

Narrator: This is Science Today. New research has linked problem skin with problem air. Studies on hairless mice at the University of California, Berkeley found that high ozone levels, usually found in big city air, tend to strip the skinís outermost layer of vital anti-oxidants such as vitamins C and E. Dermatologist Jens (YENS) Thiele (TEE-LA) says topical Vitamin E-enriched creams do seem to reduce damage to the skinís fatty molecules, called lipids.

Thiele: We found that topical application in vitamin E cream in our case, did not totally prevent lipid damage, but it was diminishing the lipid damage significantly.

Narrator: But Thiele (TEE-LA) warns, donít stock your shelves just yet...

Thiele: There are so many creams and anti-oxidant formulations on the market that its very hard to say whether or not they are really beneficial and I want to be very careful with any statement on these products because the scientific link is, in my opinion, missing so far.

Narrator: For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.