Beware of influencers who advise against sunscreen – rts.ch

Beware of influencers who advise against sunscreen – rts.ch

On social networks, a new trend is emerging in this heat wave. And spread on the “Tik Tok” application, videos of influencers and influencers advising not to use sunscreen, on the pretext that it is toxic. Faced with these comments, health professionals have expressed their concerns.

“If you use sunscreen, you put chemicals on your skin and then you bake in the sun,” says one young American influencer in a TikTok video.

And although many of these videos have been deleted, the hashtag #NoSunScreen (There is no sunscreen) is a hot trend on the favorite teen network. It has more than 17 million views.

Another video, with soothing music and a country setting, still available online, claims there is “no evidence that the sun causes skin cancer”.

wrong words

Olivier Jade, head of the cutaneous oncology unit at CHUV, said this statement was false.

And the doctor confirms that “the vast majority of cancer cases bear the effects of damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. The influencers who say this put their finger in their eyes and deceive their listeners.”

skin cancer epidemic

Currently, more than 25,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in Switzerland. “Baby boomers have been exposed to a lot of sun. And now, with the age factor worsening, they have a lot of skin cancers. It’s a real epidemic that we don’t really know how we’re going to get out of,” notes Olivier Jade.

“We’d prefer that young people not program themselves on the same problem and be completely rational in their way of exposing themselves,” he says. So their dermatologist advises them to be wary of the anti-sun pronouncements of these influencers. Judgments not based on scientific data.

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>> See A Bon Entendeur’s thread on sun protection:

The Sun: Be careful to protect yourself / A good listener / 18 min. / July 18, 2023

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