As the trend reaches significant proportions skin cancer specialists warn against sunburn art so that the people who do it know the full extent of their choice.
In case you might have missed it, sunburn art is a social media-based fad that went extremely wrong. People put several objects on their skin or make models using sunscreen and then expose themselves to the sun without adding additional protection, so that their skin gets burnt.
While the results might look quite amazing in some of the cases, the ricks clearly outweigh the benefits when it comes to sunburn art, according to the medical community and quite frankly, to common sense.
As we all know, tan lines are virtually impossible to escape, so turning them into an art form appears to be quite an innovative take on the matter. However, sunburn art has come a long way since then, as people are now able to make complex models on their skin, such as the Mona Lisa using this questionable technique.
The secret seems to be to get the skin as burnt as possible around the protected area, that you want to keep untanned. And the more stringent the contrast is, the more impressive the entire model is. So after a few hours in the noon sun, presto! You have the model of your choice photographed onto your skin. It is almost like a temporary white ink tattoo, only far more damaging to your health.
Unfortunately, these sunburn tattoos need maintenance as well, and people expose themselves to the scorching sun, so that they may get to keep their wondrous body art a while longer. And this usually results in quite the severe sunburns, which bring about a great deal of trouble.
Firstly, most sunburns are actually first degree burns and therefore, they are quite serious matters. More severe sunburns could actually be second or even third degree burns, so exposure to the sun should never be carried out irresponsibly.
They cause a significant amount of pain, because the lesions sustained by the skin include very serious inflammation. However, dermatologists point out that the pain is actually the least important issue that comes with sunburns. They point out that the sun’s rays can actually modify the DNA in the skin when it burnt and this extremely dangerous, because it could be the start point of cancer.
This is the main reason why the Skin Cancer Foundation has issued an official warning against sunburn art. Repeated exposure to the sun for prolonged periods of time without protection greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Furthermore, such behavior significantly increases the chances for developing melanoma, which is the most severe form of skin cancer.
“Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin,(…) sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”, sais Skin Cancer Foundation senior vice president, Dr. Deborah Sarnoff.
Secondly, sunburns can dramatically affect the appearance of the skin. Due to photoaging, a process that leaves the skin looking much older than its age as cause of the exposure to the sun, repeated sunburns on a certain area of the body will leave the skin dry and wrinkly. This essentially happens because repeated first degree burns ultimately result in the development of scar tissue. As for second and third degree burns, you can expect them to have some permanent consequences.
Therefore, regardless of how impressive sunburn art might get to be, it is much better to keep your skin safe, because you will need it your entire life. Unfortunately, a great many people choose to do it as a trial phase to getting an actual tattoo or as a cost-free alternative to inking.
Ultimately, it is up to each of us to weigh the risks and benefits of out actions and decide what we should do. For some people, sunburn art might have seemed as an inoffensive body art practice. It is extremely important that they now consider the medical community’s standpoint on the matter and maybe rethink their priorities.
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