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A 31-year-old male asked:

which is better: spray-on sunblock or the cream?

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Dr. SG Erman
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Family Medicine 35 years experience
Either one: They both worked temporarily to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays. The better one would be the one you put on most frequently and completely. The spray might help areas that you can't reach, but the claim can put on a thicker or more penetrating layer. The choice is yours.

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No: It will only cause you to burn faster and greater. Use an approved sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and limit sun exposure and tanning beds as much as possible. Love that lilly white skin! hate that cancer! you will not think you look so good with the doctors have to "whittle you up" in a few years!
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Can you tan with sunblock on?

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Yes: Sunscreens do not completely stop all of the uv rays from getting to the skin. Your melanin will be activated causing your skin to tan. Keep in mind that you don't need to burn to get skin damage from uv sun rays over time.
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How long should I wait for sunblock to soak in?

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Sun blocker: Most sunblockers are effective almost immediately after application.
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Can sunblock expire?

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Possibly: It is a good idea to always follow the expiration dates on medications including skincare. Some active ingredients may breakdown into other/different active molecules over time.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Is there metal in sunblock?

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