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The skin care myth that harms people of color

Summer is here and that means it’s time to bust one of the biggest sun protection myths out there: that people with darker skin don’t need sunscreen. 

In fact, skin cancer can strike anyone — and exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a leading risk factor. 

“There’s a common colloquial phrase, ‘black don’t crack’ — meaning your skin will always be good. You won’t get wrinkles and you don’t need sunscreen if you have melanin-rich skin,” says Dr. Jenna Lester, a board-certified dermatologist at UCSF.  

But, Dr. Lester mission is to educate patients and the public that this myth is flat wrong. Read more from the University of California newsroom. 


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