Scary New Summer Beauty Trend Could Lead to Skin Cancer (PHOTOS)

Every so often, a trend comes along that is just so painfully stupid and such an obviously BAD IDEA that we just have wonder what the heck people are thinking. Ladies, behold the new trend of "sunburn art."


I’m 36, so I recognize that I’m not going to get or appreciate every new fad that comes out. I may not be into crop tops or the return of the acid washed jeans, but I can accept that those are trends that those younger than me might be into. But this ... this is just insane.

Sunburn art involves covering strategic parts of your skin with either sunscreen, tape, or clothing and then intentionally burning so that the covered parts leave a design.

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How stupid is this?! Let’s talk about the top three reasons to reject this trend.

1. It is painful! As a fair-skinned person who has had her fair share of burns, I can tell you that I’ve never had a sunburn that feels good.

2. It can cause premature aging. Something tells me some of these "artists" are going to be paying big money for good age-fighting beauty products in the not-so-distant future, because sun damage can result in wrinkles, sun spots, increased freckling, and even mole formation. "The collagen gets fragmented and gets old, it looks like old skin," Christopher Obeime, MD, a dermatologist with St. Vincent Health explained to Indiana local news station WXIN.

3. And last but definitely not least: It can dramatically increase the risk for skin cancer. According to doctors, even just two intense sunburns can increase your risk of getting melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, by 50 percent.

“This is where popular culture is clashing with medical advice,” Barney Kenet, MD, a New York–based dermatologist, tells ABC. He also explains that those who try to get a good "sunburn art" could be even more at risk for melanoma than those who are exposed to lower levels of sunlight overtime, such as someone who works in the sun.

As the holiday weekend nears, this stupid trend is a good reminder to make sure you are using sun protection, whether that is sunblock, hats, sun-protective clothing or all of the above. Your skin will thank you for it!

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