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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
15: You may need 30 or higher if you have sun sensitive skin or sun damaged skin.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes and no: 30 is better than 15, but anything over 30 is probably marketing hype rather than any true benefit.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Many available: There are many products available most however are special dermatology blends. Often sunscreen in the cosmetics are not adequate. PCA makes a nice phy ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Roman
25 years experience Internal Medicine
30+: No sig help above 30. Also depending on your skin type. Sun exposure varies. It does help with vit d levels. But prolonged sun is not good. Saf ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
SPF: In moisturizer is helpful but it is not the same as applying sunscreen. Consider a higher spf.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
No: The current recommendation to avoid sun burn and exposure to UV-A and B rays which may lead to skin cancers is a physical block with a cream that cont ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elliot Duboys
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
SPF: Spray is easier to apply. If the spf is the same, either product should be adequate. Read the label! be a savy consumer!
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Allan
22 years experience Internal Medicine
A personal favorite: I like La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 because it is ultra lite and absorbs well. It has antioxidant technology UVA A and B protection. There are many ot ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on exposure: Most people with black skin will have a skin protection factor naturally of about a 3-4, depending on depth of color. An SPF 15 filters out approxim ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
With one condition: Only if it has sun screen in it. Most tanning lotion is meant to enhance the sun's tanning effects, not to block it's harmful uv rays that cause burns ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Schooler
25 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Wearing protective clothing is much more effective than spf. Also, frequent reapplication of sunscreen is very helpful. None of the 'waterproof" sunsc ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
SPF 30 and SPF 25: Both the bioderma moisturizer and la roche posay powder are effective sunscreen. May need to reapply products if out in sun for multiple hours. No n ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
SPF SUNSCREEN NUMBER: GOOD QUESTION. NO ONE KNOWS THE ANSWER! TO PLAY IT SAFER, OR SAFE, USE A 60. SUGGESTION: WRITE TO THE MANUFACTURERS AND ASK THEM . . . THEN LET US ALL ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
Yes - spray & rub: Yes, if you spray and rub it in. The main trouble with the spray is that there is a risk of breathing in the aerosolized particles. These chemicals ar ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent t ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
Sunscreen SPF 30: This is a decent amount of protection, but you have to do the math. If you normally get pink, red, or burned in 15 minutes; then spf 30 will delay tha ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Using Sun screen: SPF 15 or Above. And avoiding Sun between 11 and 2 pm will help reduce the risk of Skin Cancer.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Rosato
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: Skin creams do not cause wrinkles
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience Child Psychiatry
The CDC (Center for: Disease control) indicates 'unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's uv rays in as little as 15 minutes (esp. From 10am-4pm). Yet it can take up t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Once before going...: Applying sunblock each day, once before going outdoors, should be adequate if the sunblock is not washed off. If there is a lot of sweating, face-wipi ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical question?: I suspect that this is more a social-political question given that you are from India rather than a medical question. Any medication used for that pur ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Aloe is good: If it actually has aloe in it can soothe your pain.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Depends: The best sunscreen is one you use. Look for "broad spectrum" - it should cover UVA/UVB. SPF of at least 30 should be used, but more than 30 isn't ne ... Read More
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