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June 2014

Measuring Sun Damage at the Grocery Store: Mychelle 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.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.

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