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who NEEDS sunscreen?
pinkiepie2 posted:
I have a serious question. I have two children both are bi-racial. As i understand everyone needs sunscreen, but I have been told that people of color, and bi-racial people do not need sun protection. Can someone please help !!!!

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Jeune1 responded:
Good question. I'm an African-American but probably pretty close to your children's complexion and I have received the EVERYONE MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN, NO EXCEPTIONS! lecture from my regular doctor, a dermatologist and the woman who gives me facials.

This came as a shock to me because when I was growing up "common knowledge" was that only Caucasians needed sunscreen. Common knowledge was wrong.

In fact, the esthetician (who is African-American w/medium-dark brown complexion) was horrified at the thought of going out without the SPF. The dermatologist (Caucasian) just looked at me like I was stupid and or crazy.

So now I wear sunscreen, and your kids should too.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Jeune1 is correct - Sunscreen is a must!

According to our Sun Myths & Facts Quiz, "Although darker skin offers more natural protection from the sun than fair skin, groups including African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans can still burn and still need to protect themselves from sun damage and skin cancer".

Dr. Tareen also talks about this on her website, Desi Dermatology.

For information about finding a good sunscreen see these articles -

New Sunscreen Guide: 1 in 4 Products Deemed Safe
Sunscreen Safety: What to Know

Let us know if this is helpful,
- Elizabeth
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