Mychelle Dermaceuticals and Whole Foods Market Bring UV Photography to Aisle #7

Chante Karimkhani, BA1; Laura S. Huff, MD2; Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH2,3,4
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):589-590. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10279.
Appearance-based interventions can have a positive impact on individual skin health and protection behaviors.1 The UV camera now provides 3-dimensional, multispectral imaging and analysis and has become an invaluable tool in dermatologic practices. Mounting evidence suggests that UV photography may be the most effective intervention to affect sun exposure behavior.1– 3 For instance, UV photography performed on middle-school children demonstrated that sun damage correlated with phenotypic melanoma risk factors.2 A randomized clinical trial in university students showed that a UV photography intervention resulted in significantly stronger sun protection intentions (P < .01) and greater sun protection behaviors (P < .05).3 These findings demonstrate the importance of broadening the use of UV photography to improve skin health.