It is a myth that skin of color individuals do not require the use of sunscreen or as much sunscreen as fair skinned individuals. While skin of color does not tan or burn easily, the damage caused by UV rays still occurs with sun exposure. According to the Skin of Cancer Foundation, the incidence of skin cancer in Hispanics is increasing. Individuals with skin of color may have more serious consequences from skin cancer than Caucasians.
In a video perspective from the 2016 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Amy J. McMichael, MD, discusses her presentation reviewing pearls on treating pigmentation in patients with skin of color. Dr. McMichael is professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and President of the Skin of Color Society.
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