Sunscreen

APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF SUNSCREENS PROVIDE LESS THAN HALF OF THE SPF CLAIMED

Medscape (5/19, Doheny) reported, “About a third of sunscreens tested by experts…provide less than half the SPF protection claimed on the label,” according to Consumer Reports’ annual sunscreen report. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration does not routinely test sunscreen products’ SPF. Dr. Bader recommends sunscreens that have a high concentration of zinc…

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SKIN CANCER IS ON THE RISE!

According to a  study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, squamous cell carcinoma rates have increased 263% between 2000 and 2010, while basal cell carcinoma increased 145% over the same time period.  Although the reasons for this increase is not yet studied, increased sun exposure and increased tanning bed use are likely contributing factors. Avoidance of midday sun,…

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THOSE IN THE SHADE SHOULD STILL USE SUNSCREEN.

A recent study proved that those who applied SPF100 were less prone to sunburn than those who were in the shade. It is no surprise that sunscreen protects better than shade, as REFLECTION of the Sun’s rays cause sun damage. What is more interesting, and already known by Dermatologists, is that even those who repeatedly…

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DAILY USE OF SUNSCREEN REDUCES FINE LINES

In a recent study, the daily use of a stable sunscreen reduced fine lines in the women studied. I always tell patients that come in for consultation regarding wrinkles that the first step is to protect oneself from the sun. I recommend using sunscreens with SPF 30 or greater that contains high amounts of zinc…

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SUNSCREENS: CAN YOU TRUST THE LABEL?

The simple answer is NO–at least when it comes to water-resistance. In a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports, 43% of the 65 water-resistant sunscreens that were tested FAILED to meet their SPF claim on their labels after the area was submerged in water as indicated on the label for water resistance. Some of them, missed…

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