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High-Tech Photos Show Early Sun Damage

Ultraviolet Facial Snapshot Shows Skin's Hidden Sun Damage, Encourages Sun Protection

Changing Their Ways

The UV photographs made an impact. They prompted more students to step up their sun efforts. The photographed students were also more likely to have told people about what they learned, the study shows.

However in surprise phone calls made one month later, only a third (37%) of those who got the sunless tanning lotion used it. Several students said they were afraid it would streak and look orange or unnatural.

Since many people didn't try the sunless tanning lotion, the results from that part of the experiment were limited. Based on the small numbers who did try it, "this might lead to additional sun protection behaviors," write the researchers.

Letting people take the UV photographs home could also help, say Mahler and colleagues. They didn't do that in this study, but the photo could be a lasting reminder to safeguard skin, they say.

Their study appears in the March edition of the Archives of Dermatology.

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