With my Irish-American heritage, I've seen my fair share of sunburns. They sting and itch and leave you with the chills. This is why I am such a stickler about using sunscreen on my kids and also why I'm on a first-name basis with my dermatologist.

I don't like sunburns and I take sun protection pretty seriously. But I have to admit that I am oddly fascinated by a new trend floating around social media: sunburn art. Like so many things that appeal to the younger set, it's original and weirdly bad for you. I wouldn't do it myself, but I can appreciate the intricacy of some of the designs.

Sun art One way to produce sunburn art: Use an adhesive such as a bandage to protect the select bit of skin you don't want to get sunburned. (Photo: niinaaa_hehe/Instagram)

Sunburn art is achieved by covering a section of the skin with something such as sunscreen, body stencils, bandages, fabric or a temporary tattoo to protect that skin and let the design "burn" around it.

Sunburn art Why wear jewelry when you can turn your skin into one big accessory? (Photo: Fabulous Nails/Twitter)

It's one part design and two parts rebellion combined with a heaping dose of unhealthiness. How could it not be the latest social media trend?

As intricate and interesting as some of these designs are, there's no denying that intentionally sunburning your skin is a bad idea. That's why some folks on social media are combatting the #sunburnart trend with a trend of their own — photos of melanoma removal scars with the hashtags, "#realsunburnart," and "#melanomaawareness."

You can't argue with the truth behind that message.

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