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Sun-damage selfies give kids motivation to protect skin

Key clinical point: A facial aging app can scare teens into protecting themselves from sun exposure.

Major finding: Daily sunscreen use rose from 15% to 23% (P less than .001) after 6 months in teens who saw photos of themselves manipulated to show potential future sun damage.

Study details: A randomized trial evaluated changes in daily sunscreen use and other measures in 1,573 Brazilian teens exposed to the intervention, via use of the Sunface app, or control group.

Disclosures: The lead author discloses receiving an award from La Fondation la Roche-Posay for his research on the Sunface app, which partially funded the study, and he is the owner of Smart Health Heidelberg GmbH outside the submitted work. The University of Itaúna, Brazil, provided additional funding.


Brinker TJ et al. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 May 6. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0511; Pagoto SL and Geller AC. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 May 6. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0510.