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A bad sunburn this summer can affect you for a long time after. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Insider interviewed some of the top dermatologists about what some of the top myths about sunburn were.

There are many myths about sunburn and these are some of them:

  1. You can only burn in the summertime.
  2. An occasional sunburn isn’t bad for you
  3. The sun is at its strongest when it’s hottest out.
  4. A tanning bed is a safe way to tan with minimal risk for burns.
  5. Higher SPFs won’t offer more protection than lower SPFs.
  6. You apply sunscreen when you’re already outside.
  7. You can’t burn if you’re inside.
  8. You can’t burn on a cloudy, windy, or cool day … or if you’re in the shade.
  9. Your clothes or makeup protect you from burning.
  10. Sunburns are only bad if they’re red or peeling.

Though red or pink skin is a telltale sign you’ve been burned, Michele Green, MD, mentions that “you can have a sunburn long before your skin becomes visibly pink,” adding, “In fact, the first sign you may be getting a sunburn is that your skin will start to itch and feel hot.”

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