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June 2014

Measuring Sun Damage at the Grocery StoreMychelle Dermaceuticals and Whole Foods Market Bring UV Photography to Aisle #7

Author Affiliations
  • 1Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • 3Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • 4Department of Dermatology, Denver Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver, Colorado
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):589-590. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10279

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.13 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.

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