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Shade Sunblock Medication
Is there any medication that can help pigmentation spots on face? (i used sunscreen 50)i use bc-pills because I get terrible acne if I don't use them.
Hydroquinones: Ask your derm or plastic surgeon. Avoid sun, don't just block it. ...Read more
Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?
No: No, topical medications should not affect mental health, other than improve it when symptoms they are treating are improving. ...Read more
Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?
Sunscreen: Typically it is best to apply sunscreen after any and all topical medications. Applying medications over sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the sunscreen putting your skin at risk for sun damage. It is perfectly fine to apply medications and then sunscreen as this order will not disrupt the effectiveness of the topical medications. ...Read more
I took care and exfoliated face skin to get a shade lighter. I went to holiday, even with hat and sunscreen, my darker skin is back. How to fix please?
You are who you are: "Exfoliating" is not the way to reduce pigmentation. Anyway, why do you have this goal? What matters is the content of your character, not the shade of your color. ...Read more
Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?
I'masian (india). My hands are 4 shades darker than my skin tone. Itsreally old tan (9 years). Please tell mehow to get rid of it. I do wear sunscreen.?
Titanium Dioxide: Titanium is one of the physical sun blocking agents found in certain sunscreens. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more
Block UVA & UVB: An ideal sunscreen would block both uva & uvb rays with active ingredients that do not break down in the sun (so that the product remains effective), and would contain active and inactive ingredients that are proven to be safe for both adults and children. Unfortunately, there is no sunscreen that meets all of these criteria, and no simple way for consumers to know how well a given product stack. ...Read more
Using sun screen has several benefits
first, it can prevent sun burn which can be very painful
more importantly, most forms of skin cancer are caused by an accumulation over time of the suns harmful ultra violet rays. Some of them can be deadly
in addition, too much sun exposure over time causes the skin to be rough and wrinkled. ...Read more
Both are great: Sunblock normally consists of a physical blocker like zinc or titanium oxide which block and reflect both uva and uvb rays. Sunscreen usually means a chemical screen that interacts with the uvb rays to prevent sun damage. A combination of both us very common, but for very sensitive skin, a block is sometimes better. ...Read more
Shield vs filter: True sunblocks essentially create a shield to effectively block out the sun with zinc oxide being one of the most common preparations. They tend to be opaque. Sunscreens are chemical agents which filter out undersireable wavelengths of the sun and come in a variety of strengths and formulations. They tend to be clear. The diagram represents the spectrum of coverage. ...Read more
Nope: 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 the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more
None: Both do the same thing in blocking out rays of sun. ...Read more
Sunscreen/sunblock: The difference between is how good they are at screening out harmful radiation from the sun. Blocks are stronger and thus more effective at keeping out those harmful UV rays. Blocks are also usually more visible. For instance, the white zinc oxide life guards use on their nose is more of a block. Nothing is 100% though, so hats with wide brims and lightweight clothing works well too! ...Read more
False sense: Sunscreen is not recommended before age 6 months because it is not recommended to expose your baby to direct uv light before 6 months of age. ...Read more
What do the SPF numbers on sunblock/sunscreen mean? How do I know what the right amount of SPF is for me?
Sunprotection factor: Spf means sun protection factor and is a measure of the amount of protection from the sun a sunscreen provides. So the higher the spf the more protection it gives from the sun and the longer you can stay out after application. It is difficult to say exactly how long you can stay out based on the spf only as it depends on sun intensity. So the higher the spf the better generally speaking. ...Read more
How can I convince my kids to wear sunscreen/sunblock? Any tips (anything would be appreciated, please!)?
Just do it: Your children are not in control of their lives-you are. When you put them in a car seat and buckle them in it is to protect them from injury. Sunscreen is no different and can be just as life saving. I have a father-in-law with end stage melanoma. His mother didn't use any sunscreen. Make the decision now to do what's right for your children. Someday they'll understand the love behind the lotion. ...Read more
Which is best sunblock available which protects whole day? Is it necessary to buy new sunblock every year?
Zinc / Titanium: 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 the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more
I don't want to get darker so I bought SPF 50 sunscreen but some people told me that sunblock makes you not get darker. Is that true?
Alot of people put sunblock on when they're outside instead of putting it 15 minutes before going outside. Which way is better and does it matter?
Before: Sunblock is more effective when applied prior to exposure. Depending on skin type, it doesn't take long for the damage to be done. Some people may start to burn after just 10 or 15 minutes. Sunblock also needs to be reapplied often (every 2 hours) and after swimming even though it says, "waterproof." make sure to use a sunblock that protects against uv a and uv b. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Chemical: You must be referring to a chemical sunblock, since it is a topical skin product. Nivea has multiple different products, some with sunscreen and some without. Take a look at the label to see the SPF and active ingredient of sunscreen. Best are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...Read more
Possibly: The ingredients of some sun screen products especially of higher strengths can irritate skin in some people. Also sunscreen can give people a false sense of security and they may spend more time in the sun than they would have and indirectly increase their skin cancer risk. Minimize sun exposure and use sensitive skin sunscreens such as neutrogena pure & free or aveeno (oatmeal) mineral block. ...Read more
Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more
No: MINOR CUT IS SAFE YOU WOULD NOT WNAT TO GET ANY NONSTERILE PRODUCT INTO AN LARGE SCRAPE OR OPEN WOUND. IT YOU DO SIMPLY WASH IT OFF. SORRY FOR THE CAPS ...Read more
Several: Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and adequate amounts of protein. Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation as is protein. Collagen is the protein that makes skin tight and smooth. Don't smoke and maintain a healthy weight. Avoid exposure to harsh climate - cold, wind, sand or dust. ...Read more
Yes: The issue is not so much that the sunblock is "unsafe" for the baby but the concern of your perception that this is all she needs. Baby's skin is very sensitive so even though you may use an SPF 50 sunblock you still need to dress the child in long sleeve, light, breathable clothing, wear a hat and avoid being exposed directly to the sun for long periods between 10 am and 5 pm in the summertime. ...Read more