The latest social media trend has doctors again saying, “Please don’t.”
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Several viral TikTok videos show people using beer as tanning oil. The videos claim the hops in the beer will help tan your skin. The result is people covering themselves in beer and sitting in the sun.
Medical professionals are pushing back against this advice, including one doctor from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Dermatologist Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal spoke to a local TV station, telling them she was shocked when she saw the videos.
As a doctor, she recommends using sunscreen. She says the beer isn’t doing anything useful (besides being gross). The lack of protective layers or sunscreen allows harmful UV rays that can burn or damage your skin.
- Find shade when possible
- Wear sunglasses, hats and other protective clothing
- Apply and reapply sunscreen