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Don't Freak Out, But CFLs Might Not Be Great for Your Skin

Studies show CFLs emit some UV radiation, but claims of skin cancer you may have heard on Fox News are wildly overblown.


We're guessing you long ago swapped out those old incandescent light bulbs for power conserving compact florescent ones. The energy and overall cost savings are massive: CFLs burn 75 percent less energy and last 6 times as long.

New research out of Stony Brook University though raises some concerns about their impact on our skin—it seems CFLs emit ultraviolet radiation that damages human skin cells. So, while CFLs are certainly the green choice, users should take some precautions, says Dr. Miriam Rafailovich.

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