Reading a sunscreen label shouldn’t be like deciphering a foreign language. But a 2015 study in JAMA Dermatology found that many people don’t understand how to read a sunscreen label or how the product protects the skin. Only 43 percent of survey respondents understood the meaning of an SPF value. Given these findings, we considered it a good time to brush up on sunscreen basics.
Photosensitivity occurs when the skin reacts in an abnormally sensitive way to light from the sun or an artificial source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, like a tanning bed.
We saw the FDA approve a groundbreaking drug, companies debut new technology to help increase our awareness of dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays and lawmakers pass indoor tanning legislation.
The last thing Summer Sanders expected to hear at a routine visit to her dermatologist was the word “melanoma.” Although the olive-skinned swimmer had grown up training in outdoor pools under the intense California sun, she had never consciously tried to get tan and never considered herself at risk for skin cancer. It just wasn’t on her radar, especially when making it into the Olympics took so much of her focus.
Some of your favorite serums and creams could be increasing your sun sensitivity without you even knowing.
Over the years, my Mom and I occasionally talked about her cancer, especially when I started working at The Skin Cancer Foundation. Ocular (meaning “of the eye”) melanoma is very different from cutaneous (“of the skin”) melanoma. It’s also rarer.
All melanomas are associated with an initial tumor, but sometimes the location is difficult to ascertain.