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September 12th, 2007
Warning over molecules in face cream
A type of carbon that has been used in at least one face cream product should not allowed near human skin, a top nanotechnology expert has said.
Professor Tony Ryan, from the University of Sheffield, was taking part in a discussion about "buckyballs", football-shaped carbon molecules made in the laboratory by nanotech scientists.
The molecules, also known as fullerenes, are found in a face cream previously sold in the UK but now only marketed in Asia.
Environmental campaigners have raised concerns about the product, which is said to have antioxidant properties 100 times more powerful than vitamin E.
"Fullerene C-60", made by the London-based company Zelens Dermatological UK Ltd, has now been replaced in the UK by another range of face creams containing only natural ingredients.
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