[Topical Vitamin E and ultraviolet radiation on human skin].

Hospital de Clinicas, Clinica dermosifilopatica, Montevideo-Uruguay.
Medicina cutánea ibero-latino-americana 02/1990; 18(4):269-72.
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The point is the relation between the tissue damage caused by UV radiations, the production of free radicals (lipoperoxidation) and the particular action of vitamin E on human skin. Through histopathologic changes and malondialdehyde dosification results, are analyzed, therefore a close relation between UV radiation, free radicals, lipoperoxidation, and tissue damage, is proved on human skin. Furthermore the protective action of topic vitamin E antioxidant which diminishes the lipoperoxidation and the tissue damage is apparent.

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