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Breaking the Myths About Sunscreen For Darker Pigmentations

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There are many misconceptions out there about darker pigmented skin not needing to wear sun protection. As August is here and we have arrived to one of the hottest months of the year it is time to spread some education! While in darker skin melanocytes, which are the cells that make melanin, are able to produce more melanin and in bigger clumps this means there’s a smaller chance the sun’s rays can damage the individual. However no one is 100% protected from the sun. People with darker pigmentation can still be susceptible to damages. 

One major concern is skin cancer. While it is less likely for darker pigmentation individuals to be diagnosed it is arguably equally as dangerous because oftentimes individuals do not know they have the cancer because checkups for skin cancer are not a priority; so they are diagnosed with later-stage melanoma. Not only is skin cancer a huge concern but sun protection can prevent accelerated aging in fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and pigmentation issues. It is important to break the myths that darker skin types do not need sun protection. 

Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a leading, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is passionate about informing and educating to ensure everyone is making the right choices for their skin and body type.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.