A dermatologist has issued a warning about the importance of protecting lips with SPF, explaining how neglecting to wear appropriate products can lead to severe burns, and even skin cancer.

New York-based skin expert Dr. Whitney Bowe revealed to DailyMail.com ‘most people don’t realize that your lips can become sunburned’ just like your skin, while explaining that UV damage to your pout can lead to skin cancer, which is ‘aggressive and prone to spreading’.

But despite the danger of going without a lip SPF, Dr. Bowe said that many people still aren’t aware of the risks, noting: ‘It is very important to protect your lips from sun damage [but] lips are often neglected when it comes to sun protection.’

You already know how important it is to use SPF daily, but did you know that for extra protection, there’s clothing and accessories that can also help protect you from harmful rays? Instead of SPF, clothing and accessories have UPF – ultraviolet protection factor. So along with looking summer chic, you can be sun smart too!

If you think a white cotton tee worn over your bikini is protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, think again. The fact is that not all fabrics are created equal. Some are nearly translucent, some are impermeable, and some are UPF 50.

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and has to do with how well a fabric protects your skin from the sun. Fabrics with an UPF of 50 have a very tight weave, like corduroys or dungarees. “The concept of UPF 50 fabrics and swimwear is that you’re getting really powerful protection that’s screening out 98 percent of UVA and UVB rays but that’s a light, breathable, quick-drying fabric,” says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

Some of Kim Kardashian West‘s psoriasis may have cleared, but she’s still dealing with skin problems caused by the condition.

The cosmetics mogul, 38, shared a candid photo of her left leg before she applied her new KKW Beauty body foundation that showed areas of pigmentation loss on her skin after a psoriasis breakout cleared up. Kardashian West asked her fans if any of them had ever suffered from a similar side effect.

“Does anyone else get pigment loss after their psoriasis clears???” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star captioned her Instagram Story photo. Luckily, Kardashian West’s makeup artist used her brand new body makeup to conceal the uneven color on her leg before a night out on the town with her sisters this weekend for BFF Larsa Pippen’s birthday.

New York City dermatologist and The Beauty of Dirty Skin author Dr. Whitney Bowe tells PEOPLE that the discoloration Kardashian West is experiencing is quite common after any inflammatory skin condition flare-up. “You can be left with something called PIH — it stands for either post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. It can happen after acne, eczema or psoriasis. It can even happen after a cat scratches you, or following any scrape or wound on the skin,” she says.

It’s the little things: fresh-cut flowers, a Saturday afternoon nap, when the avocado doesn’t cost extra—a midday face mist. Now, especially come summer, there are few rituals I find more refreshing than a face mist: the delightfully cooling sensation, the instant moisture, the airy scent, and the crisp sound of the spray. It’s like an ocean breeze in a bottle.

But, like most skin care items, not all options are created equal.

There’s a chance some of the face mists out there can actually be drying out your skin rather than amping up the hydration levels as so many claim. How does this happen? It has to do with your skin barrier.

“Like attracts like, so water attracts water. When you spray on a water face mist, you have like a five-minute window when you feel great, but after that it’s actually pulling up your own water from the skin to the surface where it can evaporate,” says board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D.

When it comes to skin care, fall tends to get all the attention. Once October hits, all you see are articles about what changes you should make in your routine, how to keep your skin hydrated, and so on. But summertime skin care is just as important.

By now, you likely know how important it is to pick a safe sunscreen. (If you need help, here are our tips and picks.) But that’s not the only way to take care of your face during the season: According to board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., you should be mindful of the acids you are using.

“There are certain things you use in your routine that make your skin more photosensitive, meaning your skin burns easier,” she says. “During the summer you are likely spending more time outdoors and maybe even in the sun during peak hours, so you really need to tailor your skin care routine to make sure you’re not making yourself more susceptible to damage.”

As we head into summer, a lot of us are starting to think about protecting our skin, but is applying sunscreen enough?

About 96,480 people are expected to be diagnosed and 7,230 will die of melanoma this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Sun protection has gone high-tech as a number of wearables and apps designed to track exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays have come onto the market.

La Roche-Posay launched the first battery-free wearable sun safety sensor in the United States in January. The My Skin Track UV sensor is a little larger than a quarter and tracks your skin’s UV exposure.

“GMA” spoke to leading dermatologists to see how the device works. Here’s what they had to say.

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe explains how to prevent the air on planes from sucking the moisture out of your skin.

With warm weather finally hitting most of the country, it’s almost time to soak up those sweet summertime rays. But before you step outside, refresh your memory on the signs of skin cancer to look out for this season, and remember to slather on that SPF. Your skin will thank you.

Skin cancer is one of the least discriminating cancers of all. It’s the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and celebs like Hugh Jackman and Khloé Kardashian have had their own skin cancer scares. There’s even a lion in South Africa currently being treated for skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be devastating, so we talked with two specialists to find out exactly what can cause it, how to check for it, and what to do to prevent it.

Below, Arizona-based oncologist Dr. Govardhanan Nagaiah and New York City dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe share some of the most important things to know about skin cancer so that you can step out into the sun with confidence.

Here’s what you need to know about the signs of skin cancer—and not just during the summer, but any time of year:


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