A new trend is roaring up in the online medium. What did they think: well, it’s summer, it’s hot, the sun is burning, might as well use this to uncover the undiscovered artist within me, no? Well, doctors are saying a blunt no to the #sunburnart skin cancer artists, as they probably call them.
Quite plainly, #sunburnart is what it stands for: making art while getting burned by the red hot rays of the summer sun. To do this, these modern day artists apply sunscreen to the location where they would want to have the art, meticulously arrange it themselves or make a friend do it, and then let the sun gaze upon it like a confused spectator in a museum of abstract art.
But the sun is not a connoisseur, it has no fine taste or anything like that. It can only do what it already knows best: burn. And burning would not be the main issue, but, as your dermatologist may have already told you, it’s those annoying ultraviolet lights that it shoots at us.
Burning your skin causes skin cancer. Particularly melanoma. It is a well-known fact. Melanoma will be responsible for a mind-boggling 73 thousand deaths this year, in the US alone, if we’re to trust what Cancer.org is saying.
But why would an attention seeking teenager trust what the doctors are saying? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question, but the bigger issue, as said by dermatologist Dr. Barney Kenet of New York, is that these people, who think they’re being hip, won’t settle for a small burn, but are being tempted by the hype to burn themselves even worse. Since they all want their weird new tattoos to look as good and striking as possible.
Doctors warn that this type of practice will increase skin cancer likelihood by more than 50 percent, and even 80% in those cases where there’s a desire for high contrast burns. Besides this risk, there’s also the problem of freckles – these are easily caused by burns; or wrinkles, every beauty queen’s nightmare. Skin ages faster when exposed to sunlight. It’s a fact.
So what will it be? An intricate floral design, a few office supplies, giraffe like spots on your skin, a flower, a tribal design, Batman’s sign? Or would you prefer not to develop skin cancer for the sake of art?
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