August 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm
Sunburn art and skin cancer
Sunburn art has emerged as a new trend this summer.
The art is created by putting sunblock on specific areas of skin before going out in the sun, producing a design on the skin when the unprotected parts are burned in the sun.
The down side to this practice is that unprotected skin is being exposed to direct sunlight. It is well known that sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. Direct sunlight also permanently damages the deeper layers of the skin leading to premature skin aging.
So this is a dangerous practice and will inevitably lead to an increase in skin cancer. If you want to protect your skin think very carefully before trying sunburn art.
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I had just been told after attending the Mole Clinic at my local pharmacy that I could potentially have a melanoma on my right leg. Obviously I was very worried and upset by this and when I met Dr. Herd he did his best to try and reassure me. The mole was removed and after a few anxious weeks my results came back fine. I have since seen Dr. Herd on a regular basis over the years for annual skin check ups and I find that his calming and friendly manner gives me peace of mind.