see also Acne,
Ring worm, Scabies,
Skin cosmetic problems
Skin cancer most commonly comes from prolonged exposure
to the UV rays in sunlight although cancerous spots can
develop anywhere on the body. There are three types;
the most common is basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell
carcinoma, and the most dangerous and least common is
melanoma also spoken of as malignant melanoma. If
detected early all are treatable with high success rates.
Melanoma has the highest risk factors since it can
metastasize early and spread to other areas of the body. UV
rays from any source such as sunlight, medical radiation or
tanning apparatus and it affects those with light
colored skin more often than others.
Basal cell carcinoma forms at the base of the epidermis
or outer layer of the skin. Most begin around hair follicles
in sun-exposed areas. Visibly there are a variety of
appearance. An open sore that does not heal, a red patch or
yellow waxy area that may itch, a shiny bump or a pink
Squamous cell carcinoma forms at the upper layer of the
epidermis in the keratinocytes that are the most common
cells of this protective layer of our body. The precursor is
actinic keratosis wherein these cells form thick scaly or
crusty patches. It may also develop as a blemish on the lip
that looks like a cord sore but does not heal or a raised
growth on the skin that looks like a wart but may often
bleed. Again this happens most commonly in areas exposed to
the sun and in those with light skin color. Often doctors
will remove actinic keratosis areas since they have a high
risk of developing into squamous cell carcinoma.
Malignant melanoma starts with the cells that produce
melanin (the substance that gives the color to human skin,
etc.) that are in the bottom layer of the epidermis. If this
type of cancer develops it can metastasize quickly so it is
important to recognize the signs and to seek proper medical
attention if it is suspected. The common signs are a
mole that changes in size, color, symmetry or border
regularity. The ABCDEs of detection taken from the Melanoma
Research Foundation website are:
- Asymmetrical Shape
Melanoma lesions are typically irregular, or not
symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.
B - Border
Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders.
Melanoma lesions usually have iregular borders that are
difficult to define.
C - Color
The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown,
tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes
be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a
single shade of brown or tan.
D - Diameter
Melanoma lesions are often greater than 1/4 inch (6
millimeters) in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil
E - Evolution
The evolution of your moles(s) has become the most
important factor to consider when it comes to melanoma.
Knowing what is normal for YOU could save your life. If a
mole has gone through recent changes in color and or size,
get it checked out by a dermatologist immediately.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Essential oils based
BergamotC, CloveC, GrapefruitC,
Helichrysum, LemonC, LimeC,
Melaleuca, Myrrh, SandalwoodC, ThymeC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Many reports indicate that skin cancer spots were eliminated
Apply 2 -3 drops of Frankincense neat (without dilution) topically
directly to the area in question 2 or 3 times per day.
this with 2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily or
3 drops in a capsule.
may be applied topically to prevent scarring as area heals.
Important note: For malignant melanoma (see summary page
for signs) seek professional medical attention as it may
metastasize quickly. Frankincense may be used concurrently.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Farah - I
would like to share with all of you, something that is very
close to my heart. On Halloween day we found out after
checking with different top doctors in town, that my Mom has
skin cancer on her eyelid close to her eyelashes. You all
can imagine what I felt to hear that. I love my Mom so much
that I would do anything for her. So after having a meeting
with my Dad. We decided to put her on Frankincense oil . She
was drinking it three times a day and three drops each time
and she would dab a touch of it above her eye on the bone
area several times a day. She finished two bottles of
Frankincense. I have to tell you that I heard so many great
stories since I am involved with doTERRA, that I knew we
were going to see a MIRACLE. Today she had her surgery. The
doctor told her it will be a whole day thing because they
have to take piece by piece to do the biopsy so they can
remove all of the cancer. The amazing thing was when they
did the first biopsy, the doctor came back and said to
everyone that there is NO sign of cancer. What would you
call that? I let you be the judge. Please don't take my word
for that, do your research and get the control of your
health in your hand and help your family and friends. I am
more passionate than ever to share these amazing oils with
Elea - I've read
the conversation about using Frankincense to apply topically
to skin cancer and also that other oils can be used,
Grapefruit, hyssop, tarragon, Thyme, and Thyme (linalool).
Now my question is, how should they be used? I'm
researching this for my mother, who will not be willing to
mess with taking multiple capsules daily. I was hoping
to create a roller ball with a mixture for her to apply
daily. Should I start with just one of the oils and a
carrier oil or should it be non-diluted? How many
times a day should she put it on? Any other tips you
can give would be greatly appreciated.
Rosemary - I was applying Frankincense
and Melaleuca on my skin cancer as well as taking 1 drop of
Frankincense under my tongue daily. The 1 drop of
Frankincense a day has been suggested by Dr. Hill for
everyone. I applied the oils morning and night
neat. Out of 4 spots, I have one left, which has diminished
Energy4life - My mother is 81 years old.
Last spring she had 3 suspicious looking moles removed from
her back and sent for biopsy. One of them had cancer cells.
The doctor wanted to remove that one at a deeper level, and
while waiting for that appointment, my sister had the
opportunity to apply Frankincense twice a day for several
days (we live far away from her). The second biopsy came
back clear of cancer. However she still had a number of
suspicious looking moles, several of which are dark and
scaly. She began treating them with Frankincense every day.
I was able to help over Christmas because she came here for
3 weeks... So I am very familiar with these moles! She
called me yesterday very excited to tell me that in the
shower, two of the dark moles had come right off in her
hand... They just slipped away, and underneath is healthy
new skin. Her doctor has been wanting her to get them
excised and biopsied, and we are all looking forward to
hearing his reaction. Frankincense is amazing!!!!!
Joni - My older
brother has been using a DNA repair cream from a company I
used to work with. He used it to help with age spots
and as preventative for skin cancer lesions. He asked
me if there was something else he could be using now since
he knows I am no longer with that company. I know
Frankincense for skin cancer, but what oils would be good
for age spots.
Monica - I've had splotchy skin and
developing age spots for years, mainly due to a liver
condition that I deal with. I use Frankincense,
Lavender, and Myrrh on my face every day, followed by
Fractionated Coconut Oil, and have personally experienced
such great results that I rarely wear makeup anymore (this,
coming from a former high end skin care products sales
woman, who used to wear LOTS of makeup and use LOTS of these
high-dollar skincare products).
Samara - I have a
gentleman that gets skin cancer on his face very easily. He
goes in to get it burned off and is left with large scabs.
I want to suggest Frankincense and Lavender. Any other
thoughts? Would you suggest he take it internally also?
What about Thyme to prevent the cancer?
Kathy - Frankincense definitely for
skin cancer. As the scabs fall off, begin switching off and
on with Lavender and Helichrysum as the skin regenerates.
Pat - Keep the Frankincense on the skin
cancer topically as often as he thinks about it. He can also
take the Frankincense internally with Lemon.
Christina - My father is 71 yrs. Old,
diabetic and had skin cancer on his nose- you notice I said
"had" skin cancer. He used Frankincense every day all day
on his nose and Helichrysum generously and frequently on his
lesions that weren't healing. After surgery and follow up
testing he is free of skin cancer on his nose!
What Science & Research are saying
(Australian Government, Rural Industries Research and
Anti-cancer activity of tea tree oil
from RIRDC (Australian Government, Rural Industries
Research and Development Corporation); Published: 29-Jun-10
A report released today by the Rural Industries Research
and Development Corporation has highlighted the positive
role tea tree oil (TTO) may play in the future in treating
people with skin cancer.
The identification of anti-cancer activity of TTO is an
important step in the process to identify, test and
implement effective treatments for skin cancer.
“This research is encouraging, as researchers were able
to successfully demonstrate a way to inhibit tumour growth
in mice and induce tumour regression,” Dr Roslyn Prinsley,
General Manager of RIRDC’s New Rural Industries said.
As part of the study, researchers from the University of
Western Australia examined the efficacy of a topical TTO
formulation as a potential anti-tumor agent using
preclinical mouse cancer models.
Researchers measured changes in solid tumours grown under
the skin in mice which were treated topically by rubbing the
area with a TTO formulation.
Mice were treated for four days with the TTO formulation,
with researchers monitoring the rate at which tumours grew,
or started to subside.
Researchers found that the TTO formulation significantly
inhibited the growth of cancerous tumours in mice and also
regressed the tumours during and after the treatment period
for a time. Only minor side effects (which appear to be
important for topical chemotherapies to work effectively)
were observed in the form of skin irritation which was
temporary and cleared after a few days.
According to the report’s co-author, Dr Sara Greay from
The University of Western Australia, the findings are
significant as the tumours being studied are highly
“We’ve known for a long time that tea tree oil has
recognised health benefits, particularly its role in
combating bacteria, fungi, and viruses” Dr Greay said.
“Although we and others have reported anti-cancer
activity of tea tree oil against cells in vitro, no study
has ever reported anti-tumour efficacy of tea tree oil in a
preclinical cancer setting. “We believe the formulation is
crucial to prevent the evaporation and increase the
penetration of tea tree oil through the skin
“So what this new research tells us is that tea tree oil,
in the right formulation may also play a role as a
clinically effective topical treatment for skin cancer in
“If topical TTO can slow down aggressive solid tumours
grown under the skin in mice, then its potential to be
effective against cancers that grow within the skin is
enormous. The potential next step is a clinical trial to
test TTO formulations on people with precancerous lesions,
with the aim of preventing the development of skin cancer,”
Dr Greay said.
Dr Prinsley said that if that were the case, aside from
the health benefits, it would be major step forward for
Australia’s TTO industry in terms of its profile and
Anti cancer activity of tea tree oil was funded by RIRDC
and industry revenue from Novasel Pty Ltd. The report
is available on the RIRDC website
Media enquiries: Duncan Sheppard ��� RIRDC Public Affairs
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Janine MacDonald – University of Western Australia media
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Selective cytotoxicity of Aniba
rosaeodora essential oil towards epidermoid cancer cells
through induction of apoptosis.
Mutat Res. 2011 Jan 10;718(1-2):24-32. Epub 2010 Nov 9.;
Sœur J, Marrot L, Perez P, Iraqui I, Kienda G, Dardalhon M,
Meunier JR, Averbeck D, Huang ME.; UMR3348 "Genotoxic
Stress and Cancer", Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique, Institut Curie, Université Paris-Sud 11, 91405
Orsay, France. firstname.lastname@example.org
Essential oils are complex mixtures of odorous and
volatile compounds derived from secondary plant metabolism.
They can be isolated from many plants by mechanical pressing
or hydro- and steam-distillation and are known to induce a
wide range of biological effects through their
antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxic, antioxidant and
antimutagenic activities. In order to explore their
beneficial properties on human skin cells, we investigated
the effects of an essential oil from Rosewood Aniba
rosaeodora (REO) on the human epidermoid carcinoma
cell line A431, on immortal HaCaT cells thought to represent
an early stage of skin carcinogenesis, on transformed normal
HEK001 keratinocytes and on primary normal NHEK
keratinocytes. In a defined range of concentrations, REO
selectively killed A431 and HaCaT cells. The same treatments
had only a minor cytotoxic effect on HEK001 and NHEK cells.
Preferentially in A431 and HaCaT cells, REO triggered the
production of reactive oxygen species, induced
depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane and caused
caspase-dependent cell death characterized by
phosphatidylserine externalization, an early marker of
apoptosis. Both intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways
were implicated in REO-induced cell death. The
identification of selective induction of apoptosis in
precancerous and cancerous skin cells by REO highlights the
potential anticancer activity of this essential oil.
Editorial note: DNA damage caused by ultraviolet
(UV) irradiation is considered the main etiologic factor
contributing to the development of skin cancer.
Cnidium officinale makino and Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort are
Antioxidant activity in essential
oils of Cnidium officinale makino and Ligusticum chuanxiong
Hort and their inhibitory effects on DNA damage and
apoptosis induced by ultraviolet B in mammalian cell.
Cancer Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;33(1):41-6. Epub 2009 May 27;
Jeong JB, Ju SY, Park JH, Lee JR, Yun KW, Kwon ST, Lim JH,
Chung GY, Jeong HJ.; Major of Medicinal Plant
Resources, College of Natural Sciences, Andong National
University, Andong, Republic of Korea.
Owing to their high volatile aroma, the dried rhizomes of
Cnidium officinale (C. officinale) and Ligusticum chuanxiong
(L. chuanxiong) are used as herbal drugs to treat blood
pressure depressant, a deficiency disease of antivitamin,
inhibition of small intestine sympathetic nerve and as
cosmetics for skin care. However, little has been known
about the protective effect of their essential oils against
ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced DNA damage.
In this study, we report antioxidant activity of their
essential oils using DPPH and ABTS scavenging assay. In
addition, the composition of essential oils was measured by
GC/MS. We also investigated whether these essential oils
could inhibit UVB-induced DNA damage and apoptosis in the
mammalian cell using intracellular DNA migration and
expression level of phospho-H2A.X.
Twenty constituents in the essential oil were identified
and they showed good antioxidant properties, in that IC(50)
value in DPPH and ABTS showed 6.79 and 7.33microg/ml and
1.58 and 1.58microg/ml in C. officinale and L. chuanxiong.
Their treatment inhibited the migration of damaged DNA
induced by UV-B; furthermore, they decreased p21 expression
and increased cyclin D1 expression as apoptosis-regulatory
These results suggest that essential oils in C.
officinale and L. chuanxiong may exert inhibitory effects on
DNA damage and apoptosis induced by UVB through their high
free radical scavenging ability.