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Reinforcing Photoprotection for Skin of Color: A Narrative Review

Authors: Jerry Tsai, Anna L. Chien

Published in: Dermatology and Therapy | Issue 9/2023

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Abstract

Skin of color (SOC) is characterized by increased tendency for tanning and decreased likelihood of sunburns due to the attenuation of sunlight by epidermal melanin. Although this contributes to the decreased incidence of skin cancer among SOC populations, individuals with SOC remain susceptible to various health consequences associated with sun exposure, including non-melanoma skin cancer, photoaging, pigmentary disorders, and photodermatoses — many of which not only present differently, but also disproportionately affect SOC. Prior epidemiological studies have found lower prevalence of sun protection behaviors among individuals with SOC, particularly in sunscreen use, signifying an unmet area for improvement in the prevention of sun-induced dermatologic conditions in these populations. The objective of this narrative review was to summarize the biology and health consequences of sun exposure in SOC, as well as cognitive and behavioral factors that affect the practice of photoprotection behaviors in SOC populations. We also review prior interventions that have been used to enhance photoprotection knowledge and behaviors among individuals with SOC, either in racially and ethnically diverse communities or within specific SOC populations.
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Metadata
Title
Reinforcing Photoprotection for Skin of Color: A Narrative Review
Authors
Jerry Tsai
Anna L. Chien
Publication date
26-07-2023
Publisher
Springer Healthcare
Published in
Dermatology and Therapy / Issue 9/2023
Print ISSN: 2193-8210
Electronic ISSN: 2190-9172
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13555-023-00982-4

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