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9 Myths About Sunscreen You Did Not Know

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8. Only people with lighter skin need sunscreen

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Only people with lighter skin need sunscreen

Nope, that’s a big, fat lie! It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, you are still at risk if you go out without applying a sunscreen.

Actually, this myth originates from the fact that the melanin pigment, responsible for making your skin dark, protects you from sunburns. But this is because melanin diffuses UVB light. So you might be protected against sunburns, but are still at risk from other damage caused by UVA light.

You need to apply a full-spectrum sunscreen. Melanin will not save you from the harmful effects of UVA.

Melanin also doesn’t protect you against skin cancer caused by extreme sun exposure. A study found that skin cancer survival rates among people with darker skin were lower.

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