<style=”font-size: 15px;” Tall and Tan and Young and…Vulnerable MY SKIN TONE IS NATURALLY DARKER (OR I’M LIGHT-SKINNED BUT TAN EASILY & NEVER BURN). SO I’M MORE PROTECTED FROM SUN AND LIGHT DAMAGE, RIGHT?SKIN SHORT: No. Dark-skinned people and lighter-skinned people who don’t tend to burn can get sun + light damage (hyperpigmentations and skin cancer). Protection is important for all ethnicities.
MORE SKINFO: Caucasians are still at the top of the list for melanoma cases. But late-stage disease is far more common among non-Caucasians. This means that while skin cancer occurs less among darker-skinned people, it does occur (read: you’re not immune) and it tends to be diagnosed later when the disease is deadlier.
The misguided belief that you’re protected from skin cancer because your skin is darker can make people more likely to dismiss warning signs like suspicious moles or pigmentations, or be less vigilant than they should be—like not wearing sunscreen regularly, or selecting a low-SPF and low-PFA sunscreen.
As with most cancers, catching melanoma early increases the chances of survival through removal and better prevention. Dark or light, it’s important for you to cover up, avoid the sun and see a dermatologist immediately if you notice unusual moles, growths or pigmentations.
On a less dire note, darker skins are more prone to melasma and other pigmentation problems like dark scars—which are caused by both outdoor and indoor light rays. So even if you don’t go out in the sun, wearing a sun and light screen every day, like Armada 30, 45 and 60 which are tested specifically for pigmentation conditions, is a good idea.
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