It sounds preposterous at first: Those who drink orange juice or eat grapefruit may be at greater risk for developing melanoma—one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. How is it possible that a breakfast mainstay could have skin health implications? Results from a 25-year-long study show that there are certain compounds in citrus that make skin more sensitive to the sun. But before you pour out the orange juice and snub the grapefruit for the sake of your future skin health, the researchers of this study are quick to note that this citrus-melanoma connection can’t happen when you’re smart about your sun exposure. We suggest seeking out the shade or being diligent about wearing sunblock and a hat whenever outdoors to decrease your melanoma risk. And be sure to report any unusual moles to your dermatologist. What are some of your favorite skin-protecting products? Share them with us in the comments!
Can Orange Juice and Grapefruit Raise Your Melanoma Risk?
February 24, 2017