Today in Science: This Intriguing New Drug Prevents Sun Damage in a Crazy Way

We can all agree by now: Sun damage is scary. At surface level, it causes irritation, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles—all of which are skin woes that we spend ample time and money to treat and prevent. But deeper than that, and more importantly, sun damage can cause skin cancer. It’s not purely hypothetical, either. As the Skin Cancer Foundation reports, “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.” Terrifying? Yes. But also completely preventable (sunscreen and dermatologist visits, people!).

Now, according to BBC News, we might soon have another sun damage–fighting tool in our arsenal. It comes in the form of a newly developed drug that protects the skin while creating a “real sun-tan.” That’s right: The product causes skin cells to produce more melanin—a pigment that’s simultaneously responsible for tanned skin and natural UV defense. Keep reading to learn more about this new drug and its possible effects on the cosmetic and health industries!

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