Super melanin: Skin savior for sunburn and chemical burns

Enhanced tissue repair with synthetic melanin topical use.


Skin injuries from sunburn and chemical burns are common and can cause significant discomfort and damage. Recent studies have explored the potential of “super melanin” to facilitate the healing process of such injuries. Super melanin is a synthetic compound that enhances melanin’s natural skin-protective properties.

Think of a skin cream that can heal damage from sunlight and pollution. Scientists at Northwestern University created a synthetic melanin that acts like the melanin in our skin. When you put it on injured skin, it helps wounds heal faster. It works on the skin and inside the body.

The synthetic melanin in a cream can shield your skin from the sun and speed up the healing of sunburn or chemical burns. It fights free radicals, which harm your skin when injured, like during a sunburn. If left alone, these free radicals can lead to skin aging and even skin cancer.

The study showed that super melanin application significantly expedited the healing process of sunburn and chemical burn injuries. It helps reduce inflammation, soothe pain, and accelerate the regenerative capabilities of the skin.

The findings of this study indicate the potential of super melanin as a promising treatment for sunburn and chemical burn injuries. The compound’s ability to enhance tissue repair and protect the skin from further damage suggests it may become a valuable addition to dermatological therapies.

Super melanin has shown promise in healing skin injuries from sunburn and chemical burns. Further research is necessary to determine the compound’s long-term effects and its potential applications in clinical settings. However, these initial findings offer hope for more effective treatments.

Journal reference:

  1. Biyashev, D., Siwicka, Z.E., Onay, U.V. et al. Topical application of synthetic melanin promotes tissue repair. npj Regenerative Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/s41536-023-00331-1.
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