A body art trend is so dangerous it could increase your chances of melanoma by 50 percent.
The trend, known as sunburn art, is a fad that could put people at risk for skin cancer. Sunburn art is accomplished by using sunscreen to draw designs and logos on a person’s body, then getting severe sunburn in the unprotected areas to display the designs.
“It is intense sunburn, which increases your risk for melanoma which is the most deadly of the skin cancers,” dermatologist Dr. Christopher Obeime said.
The severity of sunburns needed to create sunburn art can increase chances of melanoma by 50 percent and cause skin to age faster.
“The collagen gets fragmented and gets old, it looks like old skin. The more sun exposure you have the sooner your skin gets the changes that we are talking about,” Obeime told Fox 59.
According to the American Cancer Society, 73,000 cases of invasive melanoma are expected to be diagnosed nationwide in 2015. While melanoma only accounts of less than 2 percent of skin cancer cases, the majority of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, reports WTKR.
Dermatologists recommend wearing SPF 30 sun block outdoors and using sun block creams rather than sprays for prevention.
“I think it goes with the mentality that people believe this won’t happen to me. Because more than two intense sunburns increases your chances for melanoma by 50 percent,” Obeime said.
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