From fairest pale to luscious brown, all skin types need to take care in the sun. Skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of color, and can occur even with skin types rich in melanin. If you have lighter skin that burns easily, you have a higher risk of developing skin cancers, but contrary to popular belief, deep pigmentation does not make you immune.
With all skin tones, the key to prevention is protection, which means avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, wearing protective clothing and, of course, using broad spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks.
“Skin cancer prevention is the same for all skin types – sun protection, sun protection, sun protection,” said Washington, D.C. D
While we’re deep in the throes of the last gasp of summer fun, let’s not forget about sun protection especially for young babies. And it’s not an easy task. Babies’ skin is very vulnerable to the chemicals in sunscreen as well as the damaging rays of the sun, according to a recent article in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, entitled “New Insights About Infant and Toddler Skin: Implications for Sun Protection.”
It can be challenging to formulate an effective, safe, nonirritating sunscreen for small children. This might explain why statistics show that 7 to13 percent of children get sunburned in a single summer weekend, and 29 to 83 percent of kids get sunburned