Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and its incidence has increased over recent years. Though most physicians advocate the use of daily sunscreen, many forget to mention other modalities of sun protection, such as protective clothing, eyewear, hats, and avoidance of the sun in general. In this article, we will discuss the importance of sun protective clothing and the factors, such as weave, fabric, weight, color, moisture, and stretch that all contribute to a clothing’s ability to protect from the sun’s harmful UV radiation.


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Samantha Tran

Samantha is a 3rd year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she worked as a medical scribe and a pharmacy technician. Samantha has a strong interest in dermatology and believes that healthy skin is a reflection of our inner health. Samantha’s goal as a future physician is to provide quality care for her patients and equip them with the knowledge so that they can be proactive about their health.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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Melody Maarouf
Dr. Melody Maarouf is a 2nd year dermatology resident at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health and from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Health Sciences in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
She previously completed a research fellowship with LearnSkin’s senior contributor, Dr. Vivian Shi. She developed a passion for medical and integrative approaches to managing hidradenitis suppurativa patients.
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