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Running brings plenty of health benefits, but there’s at least one downside, especially when you log long distances. Research shows all those miles in the sun increase the risk of malignant melanoma and the types of abnormal skin growths that precede it.
There’s a simple solution—sunscreen—but many runners skip it (nearly half, according to one study). “They say they haven’t found the right one, or it hurts their eyes, or when they sweat it stings their skin, so they take the approach of just not using it,” says Amy McClung, M.D., a dermatologist in Austin, Texas.
We asked McClung and two other dermatologists—all runners themselves—about the many ways their patients inflict damage on their skin while running.
Source: Runner’s World – 10 Things Your Dermatologist Really Wishes You Wouldn’t Do