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How to Choose a Safe Sunscreen

We all know we’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily to prevent sunburns, premature aging and skin cancer, though many of us fall short of reaching that goal. Some reasons we forgo the creamy protection are that we don’t think we’re at risk, we don’t like the greasy lotion, we don’t…

More Than a Sunburn: Drugs Can Make Your Skin More Sensitive to Sun

Samantha Welch spent about 11 months avoiding the direct sunlight as best she could. She had been prescribed isotretinoin, an oral medication that treats cystic acne. A few weeks after she started taking it, she discovered that “my skin was extremely sensitized,” she says. “My face and lips were dry…

How to Find Sunscreen That Doesn’t Leave a White or Purple Cast

As we slather on sunscreen to emerge for the summer, some dermatologists and sunscreen users of color are taking to TikTok to point out that sunscreen doesn’t look the same on everyone. While sunscreens may be designed to be invisible or leave a very light white tint, when applied to…

Sunscreens 2020: 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts

There’s no doubt that you should be lotioning up: Almost 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. What’s more, the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970s, from 7.9 in 100,000…

Is Skin Cancer Cream Worth Taking?

When April Pulliam first treated her chest with the chemotherapy cream Efudex, the itching, burning, seeping sores were to be expected, as the cream activated potentially precancerous spots. The nausea, nagging headaches and fatigue were not. “I was surprised that a cream could make me feel tired and run-down,” the…

Aspirin & Skin Cancer

Aspirin has many benefits and some serious risks. Along with lowering the risk of heart attacks (for men), the USPSTF (US Preventative Task Force) recently indicated that for a specific group of people, those aged between 50 and 70 years of age, aspirin’s benefits for lowering colorectal cancer might be…

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