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Do people dark skin have better skin protection?

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
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In brief: Yes

The extra melanin is used as a natural sunscreen to protect the skin from uv damage.
However, even dark skin can burn with excessive sun exposure and undergo the damaging effects of the sun which lead to premature aging.

In brief: Yes

The extra melanin is used as a natural sunscreen to protect the skin from uv damage.
However, even dark skin can burn with excessive sun exposure and undergo the damaging effects of the sun which lead to premature aging.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes, to an extent

While people with dark skin are more protected from harmful ultraviolet light, they are not totally protected from skin cancer.

In brief: Yes, to an extent

While people with dark skin are more protected from harmful ultraviolet light, they are not totally protected from skin cancer.
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