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New survey reveals darker skin is more attractive despite skin cancer risks

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The color of a person's skin tone, from what is said to be the prettiest, to the ugliest, has always been a huge topic of discussion. Dark skin people are constantly defending themselves in these discussions, because many of the discussions debate some of the most common stereotypes. These stereotypes include two of the most common: "White is right," and "Dark is dirty."

Over the years, complexion debates have contributed to growing self-esteem issues amongst dark skinned people who believe their skin tone is unattractive. The results have led many darker skin people to use bleaching products to achieve a lighter look.

What's interesting is that a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and LEO Pharma shows that the majority of respondents (58%) acknowledged that (darker) tanned skin was rated one of the most attractive skin features of all.

The question here is, if people are not born with a desired skin color, at what cost will they pay to achieve it?

Bleaching the skin is known to cause skin cancer when coming in direct contact with the sun. And according to the AAD, tanned skin is a visible sign of sun damage, which significantly increases a person's risk of developing skin cancer. But, despite this awareness, people continue to do what makes them feel more attractive.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable when caught and treated before it spreads, so early detection is essential.

To combat this dangerous trend, the AAD and LEO Pharma have launched Listen To Your Skin, a campaign to educate Americans about the prevalence of sun damage and the lesser known signs, symptoms, and consequences of overexposure to the sun.

If people are willing to risk their chances of developing skin cancer trying to achieve a darker or lighter complexion, the least they can do is become more aware of the damage they can cause to their skin. It's extremely important to take proper preventative measures, and avoid the disease that can cause more damage, than the mental anguish of not loving the natural skin they're in to begin with.The color of a person's skin tone, from what is said to be the prettiest, to the ugliest, has always been a huge topic of discussion. Dark skin people are constantly defending themselves in these discussions, because many of the discussions debate some of the most common stereotypes. These stereotypes include two of the most common: "White is right," and "Dark is dirty."

Over the years, complexion debates have contributed to growing self-esteem issues amongst dark skinned people who believe their skin tone is unattractive. The results have led many darker skin people to use bleaching products to achieve a lighter look.

What's interesting is that a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and LEO Pharma shows that the majority of respondents (58%) acknowledged that (darker) tanned skin was rated one of the most attractive skin features of all.

The question here is, if people are not born with a desired skin color, at what cost will they pay to achieve it?

Bleaching the skin is known to cause skin cancer when coming in direct contact with the sun. And according to the AAD, tanned skin is a visible sign of sun damage, which significantly increases a person's risk of developing skin cancer. But, despite this awareness, people continue to do what makes them feel more attractive.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable when caught and treated before it spreads, so early detection is essential.

To combat this dangerous trend, the AAD and LEO Pharma have launched Listen To Your Skin, a campaign to educate Americans about the prevalence of sun damage and the lesser known signs, symptoms, and consequences of overexposure to the sun.

If people are willing to risk their chances of developing skin cancer trying to achieve a darker or lighter complexion, the least they can do is become more aware of the damage they can cause to their skin. It's extremely important to take proper preventative measures, and avoid the disease that can cause more damage, than the mental anguish of not loving the natural skin they're in to begin with.

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