Appearance-based interventions can have a positive impact on individual skin health and protection behaviors.1 The UV camera now provides 3-dimensional, multispectral imaging and analysis and has become an invaluable tool in dermatologic practices. Mounting evidence suggests that UV photography may be the most effective intervention to affect sun exposure behavior.1-3 For instance, UV photography performed on middle-school children demonstrated that sun damage correlated with phenotypic melanoma risk factors.2 A randomized clinical trial in university students showed that a UV photography intervention resulted in significantly stronger sun protection intentions (P < .01) and greater sun protection behaviors (P < .05).3 These findings demonstrate the importance of broadening the use of UV photography to improve skin health.
Karimkhani C, Huff LS, Dellavalle RP. Measuring Sun Damage at the Grocery Store: Mychelle Dermaceuticals and Whole Foods Market Bring UV Photography to Aisle #7. JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):589–590. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10279
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