A dermatologist at Baylor University Medical Center says shiny lip balms and glosses may increase the user's risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer later in life.
It is believed the high-gloss balms magnify the sun's harmful rays, and increase the risk of skin cancer.
The study found that less than 25 percent of Americans use some form of lip protection, let alone protection under lipgloss.
Lips are more susceptible than skin to aging from chronic sun damage and also more prone to developing serious cancers.
People should check their lips for signs of cancer, and call a dermatologist if they notice any change in color to the surface of the lip.
The best method of prevention is to use an SPF 30 on the lips under any extra gloss or lipstick.
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