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The Big Bang Theory:  Adolescent Hairstyles and Sun Protection

Crystal Agi, MD1; Bernard Cohen, MD1
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1The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(7):597-598. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.227.
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Several years ago, a teenaged mega celebrity appeared in public view with a hairstyle that should have made pediatric dermatologists and anyone involved in child skin care rejoice. While these hairstyles have since evolved, we continue to note the photoprotective effect of the big bangs that sweeps across the forehead protecting a portion of the face from sun damage. For the past few years, we have embraced this hairstyle in our teenage patient population to encourage discussion of sun protective measures.

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A Young Boy Exhibiting the Photoprotective Benefit of Long Bangs

A, Young boy showing area of photoprotective coverage provided by bangs. B, Lentigines are shown to be diminished on the photoprotected forehead when compared with photoexposed areas such as the cheeks and nose.

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A Young Girl Exhibiting the Photoprotective Benefit of Long Bangs

A, Young girl showing area of photoprotective coverage provided by bangs. B, Lentigines are shown to be diminished on the photoprotected forehead when compared with photoexposed areas such as the cheeks and nose.

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