What do sunburns and art have in common? Pretty much nothing except for a new craze called sunburn art. Sounds like it hurts doesn’t it?
What is it exactly?
People are quite literally burning art into their skin. They use sunscreen as a paint and paint a design onto their skin, almost like a temporary tattoo. The tan/sunburn they then get is in crazy shapes. One guy even did Mona Lisa onto his chest. Others put Superman and Batman symbols on the chest.
Who is doing it and where?
People in the younger generation that do not necessarily weigh the risks versus rewards of this art form.
What are the repercussions?
Dermatologists are warning people everywhere about the dangers of sunburn art. This drastically increases the risk for melanoma. Sunburns cause damage to your skin DNA and increase your chance for skin cancer greatly. Long times in the sun give you lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and freckles.
Are skin cancers bad if they are just on the skin?
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer which can grow very quickly and end up being life threatening.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a small cancer that can appear as a mole on or near the face usually but can spread to other places.
Basal- Cell Carcinoma is the most common of all skin cancers and usually appears on the face but can also spread. This type is 100% curable.
Are there any safe alternatives?
Although it is still advised against, if you absolutely have to create sunburn art on your skin, you should use two different sunscreens, one of a higher spf than the other. This would create a two toned skin art without the harsh burns.
All in all sunburn art is just not something that dermatologists would recommend. Stick to paper and paint. If you ever need a skin consult visit http://www.mcdermatology.com/ or call us at 281-941-5556. We see all ages and we have appointments all day Monday through Friday and same day visits.