Protecting your skin from the sun

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WITN) – Many are flocking to the coast and other sunny destinations this summer, but a new survey found that young people are more likely to believe sun protection myths.

A new survey by Orlando Health found one in seven adults under thirty-five think daily sunscreen use is more harmful than direct sunlight exposure.

23% believe that drinking water and staying hydrated will prevent sunburns.

A dermatology physician assistant here in the East says the myth of sunscreen causing cancer is completely false but understands where this myth came from.

She encourages people to find reliable sources rather than just trusting what a social media influencer tells you.

“They are mostly referring to the benzene levels that have been detected in some over-the-counter sunscreens. However, certain companies conduct quality checks to detect substances like benzene that should not be in the sunscreen” says Dermatology Physician Assistant Elizabeth Dryden.

Remember to apply sunscreen daily as Dryden recommends, and use a minimum of 30 SPF.

For those who spend most of their days outside, Dryden recommends using 50 SPF or higher to protect themselves.

She says that less protection leads to more sun exposure over time, increasing the chances of skin cancer, the number one killer for people aged 18 to 50, according to Dryden.