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Doctor insights on: Sunscreen Brands

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What are the most effective and least "dangerous" for your skin (in terms of chemicals) sunscreen brands on the market right now?

What are the most effective and least "dangerous" for your skin (in terms of chemicals) sunscreen brands on the market right now?

Depends: I recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection against both uva and uvb rays. Usually, at least three active ingredients are called for. These generally include paba derivatives, salicylates, and/or cinnamates for uvb absorption; benzophenones for shorter-wavelength uva protection; and avobenzone, ecamsule, and titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for the remaining uva spectrum. ...Read more

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I am suddenly allergic to sunscreen, neutrogena brand.. What brand should I try?

I am suddenly allergic to sunscreen, neutrogena brand.. What brand should I try?

Physical blocks: Depending on which neutrogena sunscreen you reacted to, the most common sun screen allergen is oxybenzone and its derivatives. You can switch to a sunscreen that contain only physical blocks such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Remember to reapply every 2 hours while in the sun. ...Read more

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What are the differences between different brand of sunscreens with the same SPF value?

Some things..: Sunscreens with similar spf may still have different efficacy. Be sure to use something broad spectrum (with activity against uva and uvb). Otherwise, sunscreens have different components which may make them smell or feel different upon application. ...Read more

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Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking?

Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking?

Zinc or Titanium ox: Any product with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Look on the ingredients. Most european or non us sunscreen are better than us products (stricter laws outside us), the beat are from japan. Zinc or titanium dioxide is also present in a lot of good cosmetics, foundations, day creams etc. Brands include as mentioned those from different european and asian countries. ...Read more

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Would any of the dermatologists please recommend a brand/type of sunscreen for a person with systemic lupus?

Would any of the dermatologists please recommend a brand/type of sunscreen for a person with systemic lupus?

See details: Doctors on the site will not promote specific brands of a product. Use one with an spf of 50 or greater. ...Read more

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Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking? history of multiple squamous cell carcinoma.

Best sunscreen (please use name brand) for everyday? For swimming or beach walking? history of multiple squamous cell carcinoma.

NO ENDORSEMENTS HERE: You should be using a sunscreen with an spf of 30. There's really no benefit from anything higher. There are a multiple commercial choices you can make, so choose whichever appeals to your senses and pocketbook. You keep your skin covered in direct sunlight, and that includes long sleeves and a hat. See your doctor or dermatologist regularly, and good luck. ...Read more

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Do even lipsticks contain sunscreen with SPF 30? are lip balms really effective in preventing tanning or skin cancer? some good medicinal brands ?

Do even lipsticks contain sunscreen with SPF 30? are lip balms really effective in preventing tanning or skin cancer? some good medicinal brands ?

Some do, some don't: Some make-ups contain SPF's, but many don't. You have to read each individual ones list of ingredients to see if that one has SPF in it and if so, how much. Most that do advertise this prominently, because it is such a good and important feature of the item. ...Read more

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Does sunscreen expire?

Does sunscreen expire?

Yes: Sunscreens have a shelf life of three years. After this, they start to lose their stability and efficacy. You should see an expiration date on your bottle of sunscreen and should use it before that date. If you don't see an expiration date, write the month and year you purchased it on the bottle and toss after three years. Do not use any sunscreen that has become lumpy or has turned an odd color. ...Read more

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