One of many great things about living in sunny South Africa is the weather. Each year, we get an average of 2 500 hours of sun! Alas, along with the beautiful braai weather comes the bad – a high incidence of actinic keratosis (AK), a pre-cancerous lesion caused by unprotected sun exposure. What makes this type of lesion especially worrisome is its inclination to convert to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer. Within 10 years, as many as 10% of AK will convert to this potentially deadly disease. 

Know your risk 

Did you know that the diagnosis or treatment of AK is the third most typical reason people see a dermatologist? While it’s extremely common, those most at risk for an AK that could turn into cancer are fair-skinned and over the age of 50 with existing AKs or a history of a weakened immune system, such as transplant patients. Interestingly, men are more at risk than women.  

While being diligent about sunscreen is vital, research has shown this isn’t enough to ensure the very best protection. This is why Lamelle Pharmaceuticals has developed Nia-Sol, an innovative inside-and-out protection system to significantly reduce the risk of actinic keratosis and pre-cancerous lesions.

Get two-part protection 

The result of extensive research regarding sun protection, the Nia-Sol system is a two-part defence. Your first “weapon” is a capsule containing nicotinamide, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. This is important because both free radicals and inflammation are associated with the progression of AK to SCC. Thus, it’s little wonder that, when taken orally, nicotinamide is associated with a lower incidence of AK. It also helps increase your skin’s cellular energy, giving it the boost it needs to perform essential nucleotide excision repair (NER). While this sounds complicated, it’s a natural process that “snips” out dangerous dimers – kinks in your DNA that can morph into cancer. Another plus? Nicotinamide is proven to inhibit UV-related immunosuppression, essentially damage to your immune system caused by unprotected sun exposure.  

The second part of the Nia-Sol system is to be applied topically and you can choose from a light textured Gel or the Lotion which is more suitable for larger areas of skin affected by AK’s and sun damage. It also contains that superstar antioxidant, nicotinamide, along with Photolyase, a DNA-repair enzyme with the ability to seek out and correct dimers by 93%! It also reduces MMP-1, an enzyme that damages your skin’s collagen, by 90% while minimising post-actinic damage.

The bottom line 

At the end of the day, new Nia-Sol Lotion, Gel and Capsules by Lamelle Pharmaceuticals are a proven way to significantly reduce your risk of AK and conversion to nonmelanoma skin cancer. It’ll also improve the appearance of red, flaky, rough patches of skin and help maintain your skin’s elasticity while protecting and improving its internal structure. 

If you fit the risk profile, have been diagnosed with AK or have had a ‘sun damage’ related rough spot removed from your skin, don’t take a chance that could potentially result in deadly consequences. Rather use the very best protection – and pair it with our world-class sunscreen Lamelle Helase 50+ – so you can get back to making the most of your days in the sun. 

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