Your lips are a high risk area for this common form of skin cancer
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer
. While it’s not as deadly as melanoma
and it’s treatable if you catch it in the early stages, it can still be very aggressive, spread quickly and result in death.
Dr Wu explains that BCC tends to occur on sun-exposed areas like your nose, forehead, ears and lower lip.
Why does it affect your lower lip in particular you ask? Dr Wu says she thinks it’s because your lower lip is a mucus membrane that’s also often fuller than the upper lip. Therefore, it’s more exposed to the sun.
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How wearing lipstick can prevent skin cancer
Dr Wu says it’s important you wear sunscreen on your lips to prevent BCC. But she says that wearing a thick, opaque lipstick is even better, as it can block out more sun.
But keep in mind that not all lip products are created equal. Like I just mentioned, the lipstick you choose must be opaque if you want to prevent skin cancer. If you prefer a gloss, you’ll still need to load up on sunscreen underneath, Dr Wu says.
But she warns: Some studies suggest that wearing a glossy lipstick can magnify UV rays, so it’s best to go matte instead when you’re out and about in the sun…
So there’s your official excuse to go out and load up on all your favourite lipsticks. You’re welcome!
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