The incidence of skin cancers has been increasing over the past two decades. Currently, between 2 and 3 million skin cancers occur globally each year. One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer. The rise of skin cancer cases has been attributed to the depletion of the ozone as well as an aging population.
Astaxanthin has been proven to be effective in the treatment of skin cancer and melanomas and this has been attributed to its ability to supress the PDL-1 protein which is common is cancer. PDL-1 (programmed death ligand) effectively enables cancer cells to hide from the immune system. The astaxanthin molecule has the ability to have an effect on the PDL1 part of the cancerous cells and this removes their ability to disguise themselves. Once this happens the immune system can destroy the damaged cancerous cell just like it does with normal damaged cells. This makes astaxanthin an effective natural immunotherapy against skin cancer (and other cancers). As astaxanthin is natural there are no serious side effects.
We have observed astaxanthin used very effectively in treating basal cell carcinomas and other types of skin cancer and has been applied both topically and orally.
Astaxanthin is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and it can also provide protection against the sun (from the inside). It can also reduce the effect of sun burn due to this anti-inflammatory ability when used as a daily supplement.
Astaxanthin is also used as an effective anti-aging supplement and studies have been shown its ability to successfully reduce fine lines and wrinkles, gives the skin a more youthful even appearance and reduces eye bags and dark circles. It has also been used to treat other skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis.