(ABCNEWS.GO) — This summer some sunbathers are getting a little creative by trying their hand with “sunburn” art. On social media people can be found using sunblock or temporary tattoos to create “artful” sunburns. But experts cringe at the practice warning that any sunburn can lead to damage and increased chance of skin cancer.
“This is where popular culture is clashing with medical advice,” said Dr. Barney Kenet, a New York-based dermatologist. “It’s really obvious that sunburn does two things to you: it gives you lines and freckles and wrinkles and it also causes skin cancer especially melanoma.”
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Kenet said that if people were really aiming to have a good clean example of sunburn “art” they may be inclined to stay out in the sun longer.