A new trend is out and about and it’s downright dangerous for your skin if you contemplate joining the ranks united under #sunburnart.
It is what it sounds like. People intentionally taking to sun with a previously applied pattern on their skin and without wearing sunscreen.
The result is a painful experience for the skin and a significantly increased risk of skin cancer, all for the sake of art. #sunburnart that is. That Batman logo burnt by the sun or that bouquet flower, reminiscent of temporary tattoos won’t feel as interesting anymore when either of the promoters of this trend will just add up to the statistics.
According to the National Health Institutes estimates, skin cancer is the leading form of cancer across the United States. One in five Americans are estimated to be diagnosed with skin cancer. Do the math and think if it’s worthwhile.
The #sunburnart social media tag already drew the attention of medics and dermatologists nationwide. And they all warn that the trend is a danger for anyone’s health.
Deborah S. Sarnoff, the Senior Vice President of the Skin Cancer Foundation, stated on behalf of the Foundation:
“Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”
So the hype with #sunburnart is really an unwarranted action for health. There is really no difference between sunburn and what is called sunburn art, except perhaps the level of intricacy of the patterns people end burning on their skin.
Putting the fun part aside, sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer. At the same time, collagen levels drop, speeding the process of skin aging and degrading. A scaled, fragmented skin won’t look as fun after the flimsy piece of ‘art’ fades away.
How is #sunburnart different from a ‘farmer’s tan’ or forgetting to put sunscreen on? It’s not.
Not applying and reapplying sunscreen that efficiently protects the skin from UVA and UVB exposure and not following a set of common sense guidelines that are meant to keep us on the better side of the skin cancer statistics will inevitably lead to one of three forms of skin related problems, including skin cancer.
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