Sunscreen not enough to prevent sunburn for those with pale skin, study suggests

Reuters (7/10, Crist) reports researchers found that “people with pale skin who are sensitive to the sun should use several sun-protective behaviors to avoid sunburn.” The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology. Kasey Morris, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, who led the study, said, “The most surprising and counterintuitive finding was that regular sunscreen use, in the absence of other protective behaviors, was associated with the highest likelihood of sunburn.” Morris added, “This study underscores recommendations that sunscreen should not be used in isolation.”

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