Sun damage keeps happening even after you go inside, new study says

February 19, 2015 7:04 PM

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Some of the damage caused by sunlight -- the DNA damage that can lead to sun burns and even skin cancer -- may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study published Thursday in Science. And the damage may rely on the presence of melanin, the skin pigment often thought to protect us from sun exposure.

Common sense dictates that lighter skin is more susceptible to damage. But research was murky, with some studies indicating that melanin -- the pigment that gives skin and hair their color -- might actually be connected to some negative effects.

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